MA Curating & Collections

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.

Facts

Course Leader

Dr David Dibosa

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year
Home/EU Fee

£8,250 per year (2016/17).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

 

 

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Start DateOctober 2016
Autumn Term Dates10 October - 16 December 2016
Spring Term Dates3 January - 31 March 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 15 September 2017
Application DeadlineHome / EU - deadline of Monday 1 August has been extended. Places are still available for September 2016.
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • Practical skills to sit alongside critical reflection that helps our students develop a balanced approach to curatorial methods
  • A course that focuses on working with contemporary and historic collections, exhibition design, concept development, marketing, press releases and budgeting
  • To explore current critical debates, keeping up to date on issues such as participation, the artist-curator dynamic and thinking about the public realm
  • Our curatorial team at Chelsea Space to provide training within an active and supportive curatorial environment, engaging students with the best examples of contemporary practice
  • To have access to the Chelsea library Special Collections, which have a strong emphasis on modern and contemporary art and design

Structure

  • Phase 1: Analysis of practice and exploration of methodologies
  • Phase 2: Development and consolidation
  • Phase 3: Resolution

These phases are set within a credit framework of three assessed units: 

  • Studio practice and Advanced studio practice, which run sequentially
  • Theoretical studies, which runs throughout the course

Studio practice involves evolving and developing a personal programme of studio work and related research. Theoretical Studies provides a framework for students to develop a critical research paper, enabling them to locate their ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.

Throughout the course students participate in individual and group tutorials, developing their skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources while the postgraduate talks are organised that introduce them to a range of visiting artists and practitioners.

Staff

Dr David Dibosa - Course Leader

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

Staff

Donald Smith - Director of Exhibitions, Chelsea Space

Chelsea Space is a public exhibition space where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects. Smith has programmed over 50 exhibitions in Chelsea Space's nine year history. He is also a practicing artist.

Careers

Many MA Curating 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.

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Study proposal
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Funding

Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Apply now

The Home / EU deadline of Monday 1 August has been extended. Places are still available for September 2016.

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit a study proposal.

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. It should also describe how you will develop a self-directed programme of work and related research whilst at Chelsea College of Arts.

When writing your proposal you are not expected to have complete answers to all your questions.

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your proposed project
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study proposal

Each of the following sections should be approximately 250 words.

Introduction

  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at MA level

Development

Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.

Methods

  • How will you go about researching your area of interest?  
  • Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography etc.

Resources

Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

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