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Curating Art MA; PGDip

Develop the skills to become a leading curator, educator, producer or visuals arts professional in the field of historical and contemporary art. 

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  • September 2024


The course is designed to provide you with an unparalleled experience and a professional edge. It blends cutting-edge contemporary theory with real-world experience essential for establishing or progressing your career.  

You’ll be taught by established curators, artists, educators, researchers and sector professionals with substantial experience of working in the art world. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts to curating art.

Your own professional practice is developed through practical sessions, exhibition making, and placement opportunities. Working in collaboration with our key partner, the Hatton Gallery, you'll curate a public-facing group exhibition. You'll also organise and deliver a programme of public activities and learning events. 

The city of Newcastle and the North East of England offer a wonderful resource. We have over 80 regional galleries and museums, two World Heritage Sites and many heritage venues. Much of the region's countryside is designated as National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The course is part of Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts and Cultures. You will be part of a dynamic group of experienced academic researchers, curation practitioners, doctoral researchers and fellow students from around the world.

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What you'll learn

You will explore professional practice in art museums and galleries. You’ll develop an understanding of the practical and intellectual implications of curating art by designing a real-time exhibition project.  

You'll take four compulsory modules and two optional modules. MA students also choose a research dissertation or a 25-day placement.

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll benefit from our links to significant cultural organisations and resources on campus and in the city:  

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Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Iain Wheeldon
Director of Postgraduate Taught
Media, Culture, Heritage 
School of Arts and CulturesTelephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5185 (School of Arts and Cultures Office)


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