University of the Arts London: Culture, Criticism and Curation

InstitutionUniversity of the Arts London View institution profile
Department Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Telephone 020 7514 7444
Study type Taught


Through critical writing and curating, MA Culture, Criticism and Curation provides a framework for engaging with historical and contemporary culture. This course will teach you how to become an innovative practitioner and researcher, with the skills to communicate to specialist and general audiences alike. It is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme.

MA Culture, Criticism and Curation works with two distinctive approaches: it examines culture as a broad field, while treating intellectual and practical work as a form of joined-up enquiry. The course aims to make research accessible to new and larger audiences, removing it from a solely academic environment. Taking advantage of its location in an art school, the course integrates theoretical issues and practical skills. It interrogates history and considers how new knowledge is presented in the public realm.

On the course, project work is a combination of theory and research and learning through doing is fundamental to the course. MA Culture, Criticism and Curation promotes a community of practice, which is central to student development. The course is designed as a series of intensive workshops, combining seminars, discussions, site visits and practical projects. These are often interdisciplinary and the course encourages a holistic approach to critical, practical, peer-to-peer, group and independent work. There are also opportunities for programme, College and University-based events which allow you to engage with the rich culture of research and innovation at Central Saint Martins.

**About Central Saint Martins**

Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college which brings together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof. It is known for breaking new ground and asking difficult questions. Across nine programmes of study, the College champions the power of imagination, curiosity, diligence, ambition and risk-taking. It challenges the cores of its disciplines, encouraging collision and exchange across boundaries to create unexpected outcomes. It aspires to give students the confidence to unearth ideas and formations that might provoke and disturb accepted norms. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing.

Situated in King’s Cross, Central Saint Martins sits at the heart of a dynamic part of London: Google, The Guardian, Tom Dixon, Universal Music, Camden Council and many others are both neighbours and partners. Students are empowered by the College’s world-class teaching, technical and support staff as well as inspired by their individual practices and industry experience.

Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.

Courses sit within nine programmes: Access and Progression to Higher Education; Art; Culture and Enterprise; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery, Textiles and Materials; Performance; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; and Spatial Practices.


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About University of the Arts London
University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings®  for the second year in a row, and is Europe's largest specialist university for art and design.

UAL draws together six renowned Colleges, each with a long established, global reputation for producing outstanding work:

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