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.
- 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.