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MA curating and collections
MA curating and collections

MA curating and collections

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

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.

English Requirement

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Other Requirement

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.

Course Information

You will work alongside curators, learning how to handle art and design objects.

Professionals in the curatorial team at Chelsea Space will guide your curating of artefacts. Your exhibition skills will be underpinned by curatorial knowledge, enhanced by study visits to major institutions. Curators from museums, such as Tate, the British Museum and the V&A, will offer you unique perspectives on their work.

By combining practical engagement with historical understanding, the course builds the skills needed for a successful career.

What to expect

  • Practical skills that will sit alongside critical reflection to help you develop a balanced approach to curating
  • Learn curatorial methods, such as exhibition design, concept development, marketing, press releases, audience engagement, artist liaison and budgeting
  • Explore current critical debates, staying up to date on issues such as the formation of publics, and the status of artists in collections, as well as objects and their meaning
  • The course will help build your confidence in handling a range of materials, such as: moving image, paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, garments, textiles, ceramics and glassware
  • Receive support from the curatorial team at Chelsea Space who will provide training within an active and supportive curatorial environment so that you can skilfully engage with the best examples of contemporary practice

Mode of study 

MA Curating and Collections is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 12 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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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.


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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance – Single: 300 GBP per year

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