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Goldsmiths, University of London: Curating

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department Art
Study type Taught


The programme is designed for students who wish to take up the challenge of contemporary curating as an artistic, social and critical undertaking, and who wish to develop their professional practice in this area.

  • MFA Curating at Goldsmiths concerns itself with aesthetic, social, political and philosophical enquiries, practices and discourses that are relevant to cultural production at large in this day and age. Focused on the contemporary, while acknowledging the past through the study of the genealogies of curating as a discipline, the programme further looks to anticipate what curatorial practice – institutionally, independently and otherwise – might look like and mean tomorrow.

  • The programme provides a practice-led research context for aspiring curators, cultural organisers and producers; creative practitioners at an early stage of their professional development; as well as those looking for a shift in their art career.

  • As a two-part programme, MFA Curating will enable you to experiment and innovate in the expanded and interdisciplinary field of curatorial practice, work on Independent Research Projects (in Year One and Two); extend your artistic and curatorial base of knowledge through an ongoing conversation in the forms of seminars, collective research and presentations, tutorials, reading groups, site visits and writing classes (in Year One); and cooperating with peers on the organisation of practice- and knowledge-sharing workshops (in Year Two).

  • Interdisciplinarity, critical thinking, practices of listening and collaboration are key principles of the programme. These principles will help you to develop the style and area of practice that you want to pursue and refine, whether exhibition-making, public programming, commissioning social and/or public projects, working with artists as well as practitioners from other disciplines.

  • Being situated within the Department of Art, the programme allows for dialogue and potential collaborations among emerging practitioners about contemporary and future practice, and the most pressing concerns of our day.

  • Goldsmiths’ MFA Curating is recognised worldwide for producing highly qualified curators and other arts professionals, as well as those pursuing further academic study at PhD level.

  • Our graduates find employment in key international museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, magazines, alternative spaces and not-for-profit organisations. Others choose employment as artists’ studio managers; arts education programmers; museum public talks and events organisers; gallery archivists, editors, and registrars.

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