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MA Programme Description

Curating Contemporary Art

Please note that changes to the programme for 2017/8 are subject to validation in March 2017. 

Responding to changes in the field of artistic and curatorial practice, and building on our new partnership-based model of student collaborative projects – including with Gasworks, Delfina Foundation, Beaconsfield Vauxhall –we are introducing new areas of focus in response to the expanded field of curating and the widening professional opportunities for curatorial practice and research in a global context. These will include:

Responding to changes in the field of artistic and curatorial practice, and building on our new partnership-based model of student collaborative projects – including with Gasworks, Delfina Foundation, Beaconsfield Vauxhall –we are introducing new areas of focus in response to the expanded field of curating and the widening professional opportunities for curatorial practice and research in a global context. These will include:

Exhibitions and Programming practice will focus on curating, commissioning and programming within the physical and defined setting of the gallery / museum space providing critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the histories and opportunities within this form of curatorial practice.

Urban practice will focus on curating and commissioning within the urban context of the global city, with particular emphasis on the expanded role curators play bringing together architects, designers, urbanists, and public and private organisations with communities and artist practitioners to create new spaces of creative opportunity, encounter and public value.

Digital practice will focus on the expanded field of artistic and curatorial practice that is rooted in and defined by digital media, online production and networked distribution. It will examine the differences and commonalities between digital and analogue forms of artistic production and curating; and experiment with new curatorial models that bridge on and offline networked cultures and audiences.

Students will be able to develop their knowledge and skills to a professional level of practice through the graduate partnership project, allowing them to differentiate their expertise in an increasingly competitive and complex field of practice and employment.  

Each student will also explore and develop their own area of historical, critical and theoretical expertise through the knowledge and skills developed in the dissertation course and the final dissertation submission. Combining the graduate project and dissertation will provide students with the learning, skills and experience to join the long and growing list of

CCA alumni who hold sector-leading positions across the globe, demonstrating the vitality and significance of curating contemporary art in the twenty-first century. Curating Contemporary Art is a two-year, 240- credit ‘enhanced’ RCA MA. Click for further information on Tuition Fees and Application Process. 

Further information on the programmes, and its new areas of specialisation, is available on request or at one of our Open Days. Applicants are encouraged to express interest in an area of specialisation on their application form.  Please note that changes to the programme for 2017/8 are subject to validation in March 2017. 

From 2017, the programme is primarily located in the RCA's newest facilities in White City.

KEY DETAILS

240 credits
Two-year programme
Full time

CCA graduation projects 2016: Project_16 installation view. Awami Art Collective  LAHORE – Black Spring
CCA graduation projects 2016: Project_16 installation view. Awami Art Collective LAHORE – Black Spring
Photographer: Dominic Tschudin
CCA graduation projects, Sound Field: Aine Bailey, CRTYRDGLLRYii, 2016, installed in Courtyard Gallery
CCA graduation projects, Sound Field: Aine Bailey, CRTYRDGLLRYii, 2016, installed in Courtyard Gallery
Photographer: Dominic Tschudin