About

    + Share

    Introduction
    A two-year theory into practice MA for students wanting to launch their careers in contemporary art, incorporating an immersive work placement at the Whitechapel Gallery. This is a professional course, devised and taught between The Cass, London Metropolitan University and the internationally renowned Whitechapel Gallery.

    Through direct involvement in the life cycle of the Gallery, students acquire the key skills and knowledge of curatorial practice as well as an informed understanding of the contemporary visual arts. Students also gain a broad range of transferable skills in communication, management, research and analysis. The MA Curating the Contemporary partnership and programme is unique among courses of its type. It provides research-led, theory-into-practice education of a kind and quality that will be invaluable to students seeking future employment in the sector.

    As part of the course, previous students have had the opportunity to curate exhibitions with partner institutions, including the Government Art Collection, Mansion House, Mint Hotel, Rich Mix, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Valentine’s Mansion in London and internationally at ME-Collector’s Room / Thomas Olbricht Collection, Berlin, amongst others.

    Career Opportunities
    This course aims to significantly widen career opportunities in the arts sector. It opens up roles in exhibition curating, collections management, gallery education, fundraising, gallery management and administration, press and publicity, publishing, journalism, art criticism and as arts entrepreneurs in the creative economy. Our graduates have found employment with major public spaces and commercial galleries in the UK and abroad.

    Entry requirements
    Candidates typically hold a relevant upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline. Professional qualifications from accredited museums and Public Galleries may
    also be considered.

    Course structure
    Designed to integrate academic elements and real-life curatorial practice, the course comprises lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops at the University with training, mentoring and professional development at Whitechapel Gallery.

    Students are given a comprehensive grounding in the History of Curating, along with intensive curatorial writing workshops. Students undertake two major exhibition projects featuring national and international artists. These are developed with and hosted by our external exhibition partners and supervised by experienced teaching staff.

    Core modules include:

    Year 1:

    Critical and Contextual Studies
    Practices and Theory of Display
    Workplace Observation Module: Whitechapel Gallery
    Writing about Art

    Year 2:

    Research Methods for Curatorial Practice
    Curatorial Practice
    Professional Practice: Whitechapel Gallery

    Assessment
    Students are assessed via a variety of methods, including essays, project work, archival investigation and a major research project. Assessment will also be based on evaluation of students’ individual contributions in the ‘live’ curatorial environment.

    Career opportunities
    This course aims to significantly widen career opportunities in the arts sector. It opens up roles in exhibition curating, collections management, gallery education, fundraising, gallery management and administration, press and publicity, publishing, journalism, art criticism and as arts entrepreneurs in the creative economy. Our graduates have found employment with major public spaces and commercial galleries in the UK and abroad.

    Course details
    Location: London, E1
    Duration: 2 years
    Cost UK and EU students: £8,550 per year
    International students: £11,700* per year
    Start: September
    *subject to confirmation


    For further details and information on how to apply click here.




    The NEON Curatorial Exchange and Award

    The NEON Curatorial Exchange and Award has been set up in partnership between NEON, a non-profit organisation in Athens and the Whitechapel Gallery. Through building links between young curators in London and Athens, best practice is shared and new ideas developed around the presentation of contemporary art, with the aim of championing curatorial excellence.

    The NEON Curatorial Exchange
    is open to emerging curators based in Greece and to students and alumni of established postgraduate curating courses in London including the MA Curating the Contemporary which is delivered by the Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with London Metropolitan University.
    Participants of the NEON Curatorial Exchange benefit from a four day study trip to Athens and London, where they take part in a guided tour of the art scene in both city's. This programme is designed to open up networking and professional development opportunities for young curators.

    The NEON Curatorial Award gives young curators who take part in the Curatorial Exchange the opportunity to devise a proposal for an exhibition based on works from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, which is made up of over 500 works by 170 international and Greek artists, with the best submission being awarded the NEON Curatorial Award.