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Culture, Criticism and Curation MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Art Curation

Course type


Course Summary

Through critical writing and curating, MA Culture, Criticism and Curation provides a framework for engaging with historical and contemporary culture.

This course will teach you how to become an innovative practitioner and researcher, with the skills to communicate to specialist and general audiences alike.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

Crossing disciplines: MA Culture, Criticism and Curation places emphasis on interdisciplinary thinking and enquiry. Our students and staff come from a variety of subject backgrounds, placing diverse experiences in dialogue with one another.

Industry experience: On the course, group projects make use of the College’s links with external organizations. These provide opportunities for you to build their individual practice and professional experience.

Social engagement: MA Culture, Criticism and Curation engages with social and political issues. It positions curation as an influential agent of change.

Collections and archives: The course have strong links with the Central Saint Martin’s Museum and Study Collection and UAL’s Archives and Special Collections Centre. Alongside access to specialist knowledge, these can offer you the potential for site-specific project work.

The course will prepare graduates to work in the creative and cultural industries and/ or for doctoral work in Humanities subjects.

Within the cultural and creative industries there is increasing demand for people who have curatorial, research and writing skills and can work within this interdisciplinary sector. Employers now expect that MA graduates will be able handle intellectual, creative and practical projects, and demonstrate an enquiring mind.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Unit 3 is a culmination of the dissertation and group projects. The dissertation will contribute to the development of your research interests ? whether these are aimed at employment, curatorial practice or PhD study. The unit is supported by a series of seminars, workshops, site visits, project meetings and activities. These will help you complete your projects and prepare for exiting the course.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree in a relevant field: history; art history; culture, communications or media studies; fine art or design; fashion (history & theory or design); multimedia or interactive design; curatorial, gallery, archive or museum work; research; collections management or interpretation; journalism – digital, broadcast, press and radio; art criticism or publishing; marketing and PR; retail or business, if culturally related OR An equivalent EU / international qualification AND at least one year of relevant professional experience.

University information

With impressive alumni including famous fashion designers, artists and musicians, University of the Arts London (UAL) is a leading creative university. There are six Colleges around the city across 14 sites which offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The Colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of...more

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