Contemporary Art Theory, Curation and Management Pathway

The London Design Programme Contemporary Art Theory, Curation and Management pathway offers students the opportunity to engage with ideas that inform contemporary art theory, arts management and curation in a European context.

Students take modules that offer a unique insight into London's contemporary art scene through lectures, artists' talks, seminars and visits outside the classroom.

The College's external connections also enable our students to meet and discuss ideas with some of the city's many art professionals; including artists, curators, writers and critics.

Modules

Arts Management in London

Tutor: Rosalind Davis

Credit Value: 3

This course will provide you with an introduction to the role of arts organisations and the different gallery models operating in London - the ways in which they operate and are funded and the programmes they run including arts education, community and outreach programmes.

You will consider and discuss these models by looking at and presenting case studies and begin to understand how you might begin to plan, organise, develop and deliver a programme of arts events, exhibitions or workshops and the basics of building a business plan to support your ideas and different funding possibilities. An introduction to Communications, PR & Marketing will help you understand the use of social media to help promote events and create networks and strategic partnerships. 

As part of the course we will also visit different gallery models in London and hear about the curatorial ideas behind the exhibitions we see as well as studio visits to artists to hear about the processes behind their practice to help you give a wider understanding of the contemporary art scene in London and contemporary artistic practice. 

The course will also provide you with support and idea and will involve presentations, exercises, case studies and feedback. Between each class you will undertake a short task, involving research, which will help you to analyse and report on different arts organisations, whilst helping you understand more clearly your own personal interests that you may wish to pursue further.

Curating Space

Tutor: Rosalind Davis

Credit Value: 3

From concept to completion this course will help you begin to develop a curatorial practice through contextual underpinning and case studies as well as outlining project management associated with organising an exhibition and its successful delivery. Considering themes, developing original curatorial ideas, researching artists as well as best practice working with artists, partners and stakeholders. Communication will also be covered-press releases and marketing to help raise the profile of your show, create networks and strategic partnerships. 

As part of the course we will also visit different gallery models in London and hear about the curatorial ideas behind the exhibitions we see as well as studio visits to artists to hear about the processes behind their practice to help you give a wider understanding of the contemporary art scene in London and contemporary artistic practice. 

Throughout the course you will start to collectively develop an exhibition that will be a live project, culminating in a real exhibition event hosted by Chelsea. As part of this project you will work collaboratively with your fellow students, with guidance from your tutor, and will work independently to meet the various practical and physical tasks that accompany the delivery of an exhibition; studio visits, contracts, consignment notices, marketing materials and the practical installation. 

The course will also provide you with support and idea and will involve presentations, exercises, case studies and feedback. Between each class you will undertake a short task, involving research, which will help you understand more clearly your own curatorial interests that you may wish to pursue and develop further.

Art & Criticism

Credit Value: 3

The Art and Criticism seminars are designed to increase your awareness of historical and contemporary critical debates, and hone your independent interpretive skills. Approaching criticism as a practical tool for artists - for innovative thinking, practice related writing, and more focussed work production - this course will overview the shifts in critical ideas over the past century and focus on new modes of meaning, production and interpretation. 

This seminar series includes trips and visits and requires additional independent study within UAL's library and learning zones.