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Postgraduate

MA Curating and Collections (online)

Dominique Doesburg-Nok,
, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
College
Chelsea College of Arts
Start date
September 2022
Course length
15 months (full time)

The Chelsea College of Arts online MA Curating and Collections course will enable you to develop curatorial projects in the context of digital technologies and online environments.

Applications suspended for 2022/23

Recruitment to this course has been suspended for 2022/23. View postgraduate courses at Chelsea College of Arts.

Course overview

The work that curators, artists, choreographers, organisers and cultural practitioners do in the public domain has increasingly become more digitally focussed. This has helped people to circulate their work more widely, develop an international reach and to consider issues of access and inclusivity.

This course critically engages with the new spaces for art and culture that are emerging and expanding with the ‘digital turn’.

The online MA Curating and Collections course covers the following areas:

  • Exhibition studies of the net.art canon
  • Curatorial knowledge
  • Critical theory of our contemporary socio-political context
  • Practice and professional development

The course will provide you with an opportunity to invent platforms and methodologies for curatorial projects. It will allow you to reimagine the contexts in which artists’ work might circulate. Physical attendance is no longer the sole criteria of public engagement and success: considering this, you will look at how, where and with whom your work communicates.

From a curatorial point of view the course will give you an opportunity to:

  • Question the complex relations between artworks, publics and institutions
  • Challenge existing infrastructures that support the production, distribution and reception of cultural practices
  • Innovate around conditions of engagement

The course will also support you to actively explore opportunities for developing and sustaining your practice and research after the course. The final unit of the course invites you to build on the networks you have established. It will allow you to explore ways though which you might use your skills and experience in the world of work or further research.

What to expect

This course is delivered online with students from across the world. It is practice-focused and research-driven. Each student will develop a research enquiry of their own and have a desire to bring their work to a public audience online.

You can expect:

  • To develop an understanding of the developments in modern cultural history that have informed the digital landscape
  • To explore current critical debates around the presentation of art online and other distributed models of cultural engagement
  • To be supported, by core staff, visiting practitioners and lecturers in the pursuit of practice-based innovative curatorial projects
  • To work alongside your peers, collaborating on practice-based projects, curating online exhibitions and events
  • To build a critical position in relation to how art meets a public both on and offline. This will be supported by critical writing on your own research subject and in your practice as a curator
  • To be equipped with the necessary knowledge, tools and experience to enter the increasingly mixed economy of the arts sector

Throughout the course, you will study in the following ways:

  • Online exhibition studio workshop - practical sessions focusing on exhibition-building skills
  • Curatorial studies - sessions focusing on historical and theoretical framing of curatorial practice with an emphasis on online curating and net.art histories
  • Contextual studies - engagement with museums, events, exhibitions and displays. You will look specifically at the way they have developed online and engaged with international and digital audiences
  • Guest speaker sessions led by professors, readers and other invited speakers
  • Individual and group tutorials to develop your skills through the taught sessions alongside professional practice activity
  • Your research will be guided to help you make the most of the digital landscapes and technologies you are working within and investigating
  • You will be supported with access to special collections as well as library and learning resources across UAL

Mode of study

MA Curating and Collections (online) is delivered exclusively online. The full-time course runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

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Course units

Unit 1 - A changing paradigm: an introduction to curatorial practices, concepts and collections

This unit is an introduction to the subject of curating and collections online. It explores a broad history of the modern and contemporary curatorial landscape. The emphasis will be on how technology changed our social relations and our cultural engagement from the latter half of the 20th century to the present day.

The unit will:

  • Provide a grounding for you to understand your key research concerns, through discussion and reflection
  • Develop your knowledge of key issues in the curatorial field and their implication within the digital paradigm
  • Enable you to gain hands-on experience of curating, through practice-based approaches to learning
  • Develop your communication skills, through written work and oral presentations
  • Allow you to understand curating as a means of reinterpreting objects and practices
  • Strengthen your understanding that curating online is about a reimagining, distinct from content aggregation and PR. It is still about ways of presenting research, knowledge, objects and ideas to audiences

Unit 2 - Navigating the terrain: methodology and techniques

This unit is designed to develop your research enquiry further. It deepens your critical engagement with the field and build strategies and techniques for your participation in it. A collaborative online exhibition will form one of the events to which you will work towards.

You will:

  • Gain a critical perspective on institutional practices, through a detailed knowledge of the curatorial contexts
  • Plan and implement a collections-based display
  • Develop communication skills, through written work and oral presentations
  • Evaluate curatorial methods used to reinterpret objects and practice

Unit 3 - Synthesis: exhibition project and self-directed study

This unit is focused on the ways you will sustain your practice beyond the course into employment or further research. In this unit you will complete your critical Research Paper. This will help you to determine your position as a curator within the digital landscape. The unit will culminate in a student-led online conference where you will present your research.

By the end of the unit, you will:

  • Develop a critical understanding of work that challenges existing practice
  • Articulate your own position in respect of key curatorial debates
  • Plan and implement an exhibition as part of a postgraduate showcase.
  • Further develop your communication skills, through written work and oral presentations
  • Critically analyse curatorial methods used online as sites for the innovative gathering of people around things and ideas in public
  • Explore your potential for further practice and/or research beyond the course

Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work with peers
  • Gallery, museum and other online case studies
  • Guest speaker talks
  • Practice demonstrations
  • Presentations and crits
  • Self-directed study and research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Critical writing
  • Presentations and crits
  • Project portfolios

Staff

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

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  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree in a related subject or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Personal statement
  • Study plan

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your personal statement and study plan.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • The ambition and commitment to develop and challenge work in curation and collections at Master level
  • An awareness of current debates and practices in curation and collections
  • The potential to devise and develop a self-directed programme of curatorial practice and related research
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate in both visual and oral terms
  • The ability to develop and contextualise work in written form
  • An eagerness to engage in the critical debate surrounding contemporary and historical practices as well as to develop a critical framework for their practice
  • The potential to develop a range of skills and competencies to a professional level

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Study Plan

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:

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

How to structure a study plan

You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate.

Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.

Introduction

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

Development

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

Methods

How will you go about exploring your area of interest?

Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.

Resources

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

Making your application

Applications suspended for 2022/23

Recruitment to this course has been suspended for 2022/23. View postgraduate courses at Chelsea College of Arts.

Apply

Home students apply by direct application.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, your application will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the applications, we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to attend an online interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Applications suspended for 2022/23

Recruitment to this course has been suspended for 2022/23. View postgraduate courses at Chelsea College of Arts.

Apply

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, your application will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the applications, we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to attend an online interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.international@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,240

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£18,890

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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