We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.
All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published to the programme changes page.
If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.
The programme is designed for students who wish to take up the challenge of contemporary curating as an artistic, social and critical undertaking, and who wish to develop their professional practice in this area.
The programme is situated within the Department of Art and draws its understanding of contemporary art as a practice from this setting. As a curating student, you will thus be working alongside the postgraduate fine art students and MA artist film students, allowing for a unique dialogue among emerging practitioners about contemporary and future practice, and the most pressing concerns of our day. We are currently based in the same building in Deptford, an area fast becoming an important hub for emerging artists and galleries.
MFA Curating at Goldsmiths focuses in-depth on aesthetic, social, political and philosophical questions that are brought to bear in any place or at any event in which contemporary art takes place.
The programme is designed to provide a practice-led research context for students at any stage of their professional practice and is aimed at curators, artists and those with relevant academic and practical experience.
As a two-part programme, MFA Curating enables you to experiment and innovate in the expanded field of curatorial practice, to collaborate on an interdisciplinary basis and extend your and other students' knowledge through this process, through an ongoing conversation in the forms of seminars, workshops, tutorials, reading groups and writing classes. Our teaching is based on an art school model of individual trajectories, and we will help you develop the style and area of practice you want to pursue and refine; not just in terms of exhibition-making, but also public programming, screening series, social projects and various forms of curatorial writing.
Goldsmiths' MFA Curating programme is recognised worldwide for producing highly qualified curators and other arts professionals, as well as pursuing further academic study on a PhD level.
Our graduates find employment in top international museums, commercial galleries, auction houses, magazines, alternative spaces and not-for-profit organisations. Others choose employment as artist’s studio managers; arts education programmers; museum public talks and events organisers; gallery archivists and registrars.
Recent speakers and visiting lecturers
Barby Asante, Artist and Curator, London, Asleigh Barice, Founder and Director, b.Dewitt Gallery, London, Christina Barton, Director, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington, Jochen Becker, Independent Curator, Berlin, Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Melanie Bouteloup, Director, Betonsalon, Paris, Brad Butler, Artist, London, Ruth Catlow, Co-Director, Furtherfield, London, Persilia Caton, Curator, SPACE, London, Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation, London, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Teresa Cisneros, Inclusive Practice Lead, Wellcome Collection, London, Anna Colin, Director, Open School East, Margate, Celine Condorelli, artist and cofounder of Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Mathieu Copeland, Independent Curator, London, Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, Mostyn, Llandudno, Elvira Dyangani-Ose, Director, The Showroom, London, Rozsa Farkas, Director, Arcadia Missa, London, Cédric Fauq, Curator, Nottingham , Contemporary, Nottingham, Ryan Gander, Artist, London, Gavin Grindon, Co-curator ‘Disobedient Objects,’ Victoria & Albert Museum, and lecturer Essex University, Carles Guerra, Director, Fundacio Tapies, Barcelona, Hou Hanru, Director, MAXXI, Rome, Maria Hlavajova, Director, BAK, Utrecht, Amal Khalaf, Director of Programmes, Cubitt Gallery, London, Daria Khan, Director, Mimosa House, London, James Lingwood, Co-Director, Artangel, Andrea Lissoni, Artistic Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Sarah McCrory, Director, Goldsmiths CCA, Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme, Bluecoat, Liverpool, Grace Ndiritu, Artist, London, Christopher Rawcliffe, Artistic Director, Forma Arts, London, Markus Reymann, Director TBA21 Academy, London & Vienna, Erica Scourti, Artist, London, Adrian Searle, Critic, The Guardian, Louise Shelley, Curatorial Fellow, Cubitt, London, Kuba Szreder, Independent Curator, Warsaw, George Vasey, Curator, Wellcome Collection, London, Victor Wang, Artistic Director & Chief Curator, M Woods Museum, Beijing, Catherine Wood, Curator of Performance, Tate Modern, Lydia Yee, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Work experience and Professional Development
The course offers students the possibility of realizing curatorial projects through our associations with Chisenhale Studios, Cubitt, Deptford X, EnclaveLab and the Swiss Church, and students will be engaging directly with the Goldsmiths CCA on their events programme. We also offer opportunities for professional development through our placements at Tate Modern and collaboration with New Contemporaries.
The Tate Modern annually offers two hands-on placements to Goldsmiths MFA Curating students, who are given the opportunity to work directly on an exhibition matched to the students' interests. Accepted Goldsmiths curating students are given details on how to apply for a Tate Modern internship prior to starting the school year. New Contemporaries offers a three month paid internship during the summer term.
Upon graduation, graduates will also be eligible for one of our three Junior Fellowships, designed to further your professional development. Currently, we are offering one fellowship to work with the MFA Curating itself, partaking in the delivery of an academic programme, and two fellowships based in the Goldsmiths’ CCA, partaking in delivering its exhibitions and public programmes.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Helena Reckitt.
What you'll study
In Year One, you're introduced to a series of curatorial concepts and practices through group analysis and guided research. There are also group seminars that look into significant ideas in philosophy and cultural theory to help you think broadly about your own practice
In Year Two, intensive workshops look in depth at a set of artistic and cultural themes chosen by the students. In Year Two you further develop independent curatorial research and practice, working either on your own ideas or with a London-based gallery or institution. The summer term of Year One acts as a transition to Year Two.
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Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.
What our students say
There's no preference for art/art history and students from a non-art background are welcome to apply. However, the course is run by the Department of Art, and students should consider themselves to be curating practitioners.
Applicants for Year One (Diploma stage): undergraduate degree of at least second class standard (or international equivalent) plus an element of professional experience (interning in a gallery or equivalent institution, curating own shows or degree shows etc).
Applicants for entry directly onto Year Two: full-time or part-time routes must show through interview and, where appropriate, portfolio that they have established a professional practice and have already completed and passed the coursework of one year for an equivalent Masters programme in Curating.
Work experience is absolutely essential to demonstrate that you have a clear sense of current trends and activities in contemporary art. This should be demonstrated through your experience, and expanded upon in your personal statement.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £8990
- Home - part-time: £4505
- International - full-time: £21940
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
There are also funding opportunities available on our departmental awards page.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
If appropriate, your application can be accompanied by images showing examples of previous curatorial projects (it's not necessary to showcase your own art work). You can upload images or link to your online portfolio in your application.
Make sure you refer to your work experience in your personal statement. If you have completed an internship, please be specific about what this entailed and how it is relevant to the programme. Also mention which curators/practioners have influenced you – we are looking for individuals with specific passions. It may be relevant to mention specific exhibitions or artworks that you have seen in person that were meaningful to you, and explain why, or discuss the art-specialist magazines or books that you have read. In summary, be prepared to discuss the specific elements (whether artworks, artists, art writing, philosophy, exhibitions, or more) that brought you to take a special interest in contemporary art curating.
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
When to apply
You can apply all year round but there is a deadline of 15 January for entry for the following September. Admissions interviews predominantly take place from January - April in the year of academic enrolment. In unusual circumstances, late or early applicants will be considered. Please contact the Department of Art for details.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.
Find out more about applying.
Students studying this programme are based in dedicated postgraduate studio space in Lewisham Southwark College at Deptford Bridge.
Deptford is home to a burgeoning creative community with centres such as BEARSPACE, a gallery run by a former Goldsmiths student.
The postgraduate studios are a short walk from the art practice areas in New Cross. You may also choose to travel by bus between the two sites, which would incur a small travel cost.
Independent research and practice; public presentation; oral and written communication; project development; exhibition administration; concept development; collaboration; intellectual analysis; catalogue, essay and review writing; research organisation and presentation.
Graduates from the MFA Curating go on to work in galleries and museums; as managers and directors in commercial galleries; independent curators; cultural policymakers, teachers and academics; writers and critics.
Recent employers of our MFA Curating students and graduates include:
- Tate Britain, London
- Tate Modern, London
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- Documenta, Kassel
- Venice Biennale
- Athens Biennial
- Sydney Biennale
- Portikus, Frankfurt
- Witte de With, Rotterdam
- FRAC Lorraine
- Hayward Gallery, London
- Hayward Touring Exhibitions, London
- Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna
- Modern Art Oxford
- London Olympic Park (art sector)
- Artists Space, New York
- Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
- Art on the Underground, London
- Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand
- Austrian Cultural Foundation. London
- Romanian Cultural Institute, London
- Spike Island, Bristol
- Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
- 176 Gallery, Zabludowicz Collection, London
- Bloomberg Space, London
- Christie’s, Amsterdam
- Deitch Projects, New York
- Deste Foundation, Athens
- Frith Street Gallery, London
- Haunch of Venison, Berlin
- Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
- Kate MacGarry Gallery, London
- Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
- Lisson Gallery, London
- Matt’s Gallery, London
- David Roberts Collection, London
- White Cube Gallery, London
- Vienna Art Fair, Vienna
- Artforum, New York
- Frieze, London
- Flash Art International, Milan
Some of our graduates have founded their own projects and galleries, among these: