MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts focuses on developing the skills needed to curate a range of art and design objects within the context of public and private collections.
You will work alongside the established curatorial team at Chelsea Space, our on-site gallery. You will handle a range of collections held by UAL, which will help you explore current debates and practices in curating.
The UAL collections include Chelsea's Special Collections, which have a strong emphasis on modern and contemporary art and design, Camberwell's ILEA collection of ceramics and glassware and Central Saint Martins' Museum and Study Collection, which includes early printed books, prints, illuminated manuscripts, embroideries, 1920s German film posters, textiles and garments.
Throughout the three assessed units of the course, you will study in the following ways:
During the course, you will participate in individual and group tutorials developing your skills through the taught sessions alongside the professional practice activity with staff at Chelsea Space. Individual research will be guided to help you make the most of the Special Collections, as well as, library and learning resources across UAL.
Download the programme specification to find out more about what you'll learn.
Dr. David Dibosa is co-author of Post-Critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum (Routledge, 2013). He trained as a curator, after receiving his first degree from Girton College, Cambridge.
He was awarded his PhD in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London, for a thesis titled, Reclaiming Remembrance: Art, Shame and Commemoration.
During the 1990s, he curated public art projects, including In Sight In View, a billboard project in Birmingham, England, as well as a sculpture park in the West Midlands. From 2004-2008, he was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Wimbledon College of Arts.
View Dr David Dibosa's research profile
Chelsea Space is a public exhibition space at Chelsea College of Arts where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects. Smith has programmed over 50 exhibitions in Chelsea Space's ten year history. He is also a practicing artist.
Find out more about Chelsea Space
Lynton Talbot is an independent curator based in London, working collaboratively with Hana Noorali.
Together they have started project spaces in both London and Berlin and curated over 30 exhibitions in commercial galleries, public institutions and project spaces across London and internationally.
Most recently, ‘DM/1978 Talks to DM/2010’ was staged at Chelsea Space, London in April 2016 and ‘The boys the girls and the political’, an exhibition of 10 international, emerging artists at Lisson Gallery, London in July 2015.
Talbot studied Fine Art at undergraduate level at Chelsea College of Arts and later Architecture and the Built Environment at The University of Westminster.
He is a PhD student and researcher at Chelsea, working towards a thesis that examines the possibility of the curator as an autonomous cultural producer.
He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly and Art Review and has published essays in exhibition catalogues and artist monographs.
Talbot has developed and taught seminars at The School of the Damned, The Architectural Association and for the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts. He has also delivered short courses for UAL on The Art Market, Art Handling and Curating Contemporary Art in London and in the Middle East.
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
Monday 31 July 2017.
There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.
From January 2017 you will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.
We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your English language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability.
This should be about 500 words long and include:
The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies.
The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.
When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions.
However, you should be able to:
You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate.
Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.
Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.
How will you go about exploring your area of interest?
Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.
Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Many MA Curating and Collections graduates go on to work as curators either, independently or within galleries, museums or other art and design organisations.
Some of our course alumni develop public programmes, while others choose further study and research exhibitionary practice and typically focus on collections research, exhibitions history and curatorial practice.
MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea provides students with the critical, historical and contextual studies needed to advance their careers.