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CCA Show 2019 Installation shot, The Unexpected Beautiful

Overview

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Key details

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Commission, curate and programme with London-based and national arts organisations.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

We have a commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice. We approach the field critically and theoretically, ensuring that the knowledge and understanding of these practices is grounded in the context of public audiences, urbanisation and the digital. Our research-led and practice-led teaching by staff and visiting tutors ensures the curatorial and artistic significance, intellectual value and critical vitality of the programme.

We offer practice-based learning and research-led teaching, through collaborative and project-based work. You’ll undertake a graduate project with external high-profile partners as well as an independent research-based dissertation. You’ll gain an awareness of wider social, political and economic contexts and an understanding of transnational contexts and issues of diversity and inclusion.

Explore further

Visit the MA Curating Contemporary Art graduate projects to view graduate work from the class of 2021

Catch the replays from our March 2021 Virtual Day.

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Facilities

The School of Arts & Humanities is located across our Battersea and Kensington sites.

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You'll benefit from being part of a vibrant art and design school environment. There are a number of bookable seminar and project spaces across the site available to all Arts & Humanities students.

  • Curating Contemporary Art seminar (photo: Richard Haughton)

    Curating Contemporary Art seminar (photo: Richard Haughton)

  • Battersea computer room (photo: Richard Haughton)

    Battersea computer room (photo: Richard Haughton)

More details on what you'll study.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

Requirements

What you need to know before you apply

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.

You are generally expected to have a good undergraduate degree from an arts or humanities background.If your undergraduate degree is not arts or humanities-based you should be able to articulate its relevance, or how it informs your aim to study Curating Contemporary Art. You also need to be able to demonstrate an active interest in contemporary art and its presentation and mediation, and have some practical experience of working within the visual arts or cultural sector that is relevant to the field of curatorial practice.

As a student on this programme you will help to develop the multi-, interdisciplinary and exploratory nature of contemporary curatorial practice and the future of curating. One of the primary aims of this programme is that you develop the skills and confidence to work effectively within this field, to act as an innovative and responsible practitioner, and that you contribute to the valuing of art and culture in your future work.

What's needed from you

Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.

Generally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your:

  • Creativity, imagination and innovation
  • Ability to articulate the intentions of the work
  • Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
  • Technical skills appropriate to the work
  • Potential to benefit from the programme

Please upload ​twoseparate submissions:

1. Critical Review – 500 words maximum

This text should offer a critical evaluation of a ​contemporary art exhibition or projec​t that you have recently visited and discuss why you think it is successful or not in relation to its curatorial approach.

2. Curatorial Proposal for a contemporary art exhibition or project you would like to curate – maximum 4 sides of A4 In your proposal please include the following:

  • Curatorial Rationale (what is your proposal about?)
  • Curatorial approach (how will you curate it?)
  • Artists/work/content (what will it include?)
  • Space/Platform/Venue (where will it take place?)
  • Public events/Education programming (Who is the audience?)
  • Images as appropriate (visuals)

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and at least 5.5 in other skills. Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard.

You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years.

If you need a Student Visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

Find out more about English-language requirements

Fees & funding

For this programme

Fees for new students

Fees for 2022 are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November. You'll find tuition fees for 2021 entry below.

Home
(subsidised)
£9,750 per year
£19,500 total cost*
Channel Islands and Isle of Man
(subsidised)
£14,500 per year
£29,000 total cost*
Overseas and EU
£29,000 per year
£58,000 total cost*

Deposit

New entrants to the College for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees for the first year of study.

Home
£500
Overseas and EU
£2,000

* Total cost is based on the assumption that the programme is completed in the timeframe stated in the programme details. Additional study time may incur additional charges.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.

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External funding

There are many funding sources, with some students securing scholarships and others saving money from working. It is impossible to list all the potential funding sources; however, the following information could be useful.

Payments

Tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year and students are sent an invoice prior to beginning their studies. Payments can be made in advance, on registration or in two instalments.

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