Do you want to advance your knowledge of contemporary curating and pursue a professional career in the field of curatorial practice?
The term 'curating' is used to refer to a wide range of activities including organising art exhibitions, festivals and professional events, staging of lecture series, public conversations, reading groups, and even the management of our lives on social media. This course explores how curating allows us to stage culture and put knowledge into circulation in multiple ways, and to place its practices in a historical and critical context.
Throughout this degree you will:
- Study core modules in the history and theory of curating, alongside electives in art history and visual culture
- Gain practical experience of working on a group project with one of several public sector partner organisations
- Have the opportunity to join historical and theoretical study with curatorial practice in the contemporary public realm
At the end of the degree you will take part in an exhibition of group projects with partner institutions.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Janna Graham
Modules & structure
You take the following core modules:
|Curating and the Public Sphere||30 credits|
|Artefacts and Histories||30 credits|
You also choose one option module from the following list:
|Seeing and Showing||30 credits|
|Space and Time||30 credits|
|Beyond Boundaries||30 credits|
At Level 5, you will study the following core modules:
|Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions||30 credits|
|Curating after the Educational Turn||30 credits|
You will also choose four option modules from the Department of Visual Cultures.
At Level 6 you will complete a dissertation and study the following compulsory module:
|Curating the Contemporary||30 credits|
You will also choose two special subjects. Options include:
|The Truth in Painting||30 credits|
|Sexual Poetics||30 credits|
|Philosophy and...||30 credits|
|Film Fables||15 credits|
|Archive and spectacle||15 credits|
|Animating Architecture||30 credits|
|Popular Modernism||15 credits|
|Patterns of Perception: Part 1||15 credits|
|Fashion as a Dialectical Image||15 credits|
|Fact of Blackness I: Subjects of Difference||15 credits|
|Beckett & Aesthetics: Bodies and Identity||15 credits|
Visual Cultures assessment are 100% coursework. Normally this consists of essays, sometimes accompanied by creative projects, group projects, multi-media projects, presentations, symposia, reviews, and studio work
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Read more about our general entrance requirements.
In the Department of Visual Cultures we explore and produce
new forms of art history and theory
Study in a department that combines an innovative approach with passionate academics, and makes full use of London's many opportunities to study art history and curating.
Our degree programmes deliberately move away from chronological histories: the innovative art of our time arises out of the conflict of ideas. So you’ll explore the subject in the context of pertinent social, cultural and political issues and phenomena.
That means not only investigating artefacts you might see in museums and galleries, but also those making up our everyday visual and technological environment: including urban landscapes, film and video, and popular culture.
Our academics are passionate about the subject and are at the sharp end of theoretical developments in everything from architecture to spatial theory. Some are practising artists and curators, which makes our degrees relevant and exciting.
Our teaching takes advantage of the many galleries, art spaces, museums, cultural facilities and specialist libraries in London.
Find out more about the Department of Visual Cultures.
Skills & careers
The BA Curating programme provides excellent career opportunities as you will graduate with practical skills and an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of cultural sector work in today’s economic climate. As a graduate of this programme you will have developed excellent critical and inventive abilities, confidence and capabilities to work in entrepreneurial ways with new ideas and concepts, and experience challenges and possibilities of collaborative work.
The experience gained from working in partnership with our public sector partners will also prepare you to develop and sustain public sector partnerships.
This course will also provide a solid foundation should you wish to progress on to further study in curating, museology and cultural management, as well as MAs in art history, cultural studies and philosophy. You can find out more about the career options open to you after you graduate on our Visual Cultures careers page.
Fees & funding
Find out more about applying.
The approval process involves the specification of this programme being peer reviewed on 25 January 2017. Final approval will be granted at this stage or shortly afterwards following any clarification and amendments. If there is a change to this timeline this page will be updated.