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Royal College of Art: Curating Contemporary Art MA

Institution Royal College of Art
Department School of Arts and Humanities
Telephone 020 7590 4444
Study type Taught


Learn to develop innovative curatorial proposals with London-based arts organisations. Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university .*

The Curating Contemporary Art MA has a commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice. The programme approaches 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. 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.

Students 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.

What our students say "There is at the RCA a sense of community that I hadn’t witnessed in other universities. Being surrounded by talented artists and creators is also very inspiring. The ability to meet with academic staff and the RCAs incredibly talented technicians really surprised me too. The graduate project was definitely one of the highlights of my experience at RCA. Working with partners to design a project from scratch was a great opportunity. The RCA teaching staff provided support in the process but also gave us a lot of freedom and independence. " - Anna DuFour Montuori (Curating Contemporary Art, 2018)

About the RCA The Royal College of Art, is an internationally renowned art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

*The RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the seventh consecutive year (2015-2021) in the QS World University subject rankings.


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