Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time

Course overview

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.

Why studying BA Curating at Goldsmiths?

  • You’ll explore how curating allows us to stage culture and put knowledge into circulation in multiple ways.
  • The programme looks at curating practices in historical and critical contexts, so you'll be able to approach the subject from a range of perspectives.
  • You’ll study core modules in the history and theory of curating, alongside option modules in art history and visual culture that let you focus on your particular interests to get the most out of your degree.
  • At the end of the degree, you’ll take part in an exhibition of group projects with partner institutions, which will develop your skills in planning, programming and publicising exhibitions and events.
  • We’ll encourage you to join theoretical study with curatorial practice and you’ll have the opportunity to gain real-life experience through work experience.
  • Our London location means you’ll never run out of galleries, events, museums and visual culture to explore in the capital, with many organisations offering free or reduced-price entry for students.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Janna Graham

What you'll study

Year 1 (core level 4)

You take the following core modules:

Year 1 core modules Module title Credits
  Modernities 30 credits
  Curating and the Public Sphere 30 credits
  Artefacts and Histories 30 credits

You also choose one option module from the following list:

Year 1 option modules Module title Credits
  Seeing and Showing 30 credits
  Space and Time 30 credits
  Beyond Boundaries 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In your second year, you will study the following core modules:

Year 2 core modules Module title Credits
  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.

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In Year 3 you will complete a dissertation and study the following compulsory module:


Module title Credits
  Curating the Contemporary 30 credits

You will also choose two special subjects. Options include:

Module title Credits
  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
  Patterns of Perception: Part 1 15 credits
  Ornamentation 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
  Counter Forensics 15 credits
  Research Architecture 15 credits
  Visual Cultures as Public Practice 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures and seminars. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 19% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 12% scheduled learning, 68% independent learning, 20% placement
  • Year 3 - 12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed mostly through coursework. Normally this consists of essays, sometimes accompanied by creative projects, group projects, multi-media projects, presentations, symposia, reviews, and studio work.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 92% coursework, 8% practical
  • Year 2 - 95% coursework, 5% practical
  • Year 3 - 80% coursework, 20% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

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.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
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

International qualifications

We also 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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Reading material is available for free on our virtual learning environment, and printed copies are available to purchase from the department at reduced prices.

We encourage you to make the most of the exhibitions and events in London and some modules include compulsory trips to free exhibitions as part of your studies.

Sometimes we might suggest you also attend paid exhibitions or events, however these are optional and we encourage you to apply for funding from the Students' Union Academic Communities Fund.


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.