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Bath Spa University

Bath , England ,United Kingdom

M.A.-CURATORIAL PRACTICE

Overview 

The course covers a wide range of curatorial approaches, from management of historical collections to creative curating of cutting-edge contemporary art, craft and design. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds; we challenge you to develop your interests, while understanding what you share with others across our discipline.

Engagement and understanding audiences are central to curatorial practice. You’ll develop experience in ways of sharing and presenting ideas throughout the course.

You’ll study either in two modules per trimester (one year full-time) or one per trimester (two years part-time).

Course Structure 

Research Methods introduces research methodologies and the ways subject specific material, analysis and evaluation techniques can be a vehicle for personal study. This is shared with other Master's programmes in the Schools of Art and Design, and so gives an opportunity to share ideas with artists, designers and curators from across disciplines.

The Role of the Curator considers the changing role of the curator, the "politics" of curating and real-world issues through first-hand contact with working curators in our region and beyond. It addresses developments in critical theory and their impact on curatorial practices such as representing communities, ethnicities, gender issues, "interventions", gallery learning, the "post-museum" and curating in the public realm.

Collections and Collecting considers the nature of collecting and the influence of collecting on curatorial practice. We assess the way collections act as a "ground" for new work by artists, makers and in specialist creative project work, as well as traditional interpretation. You can study private collectors, the transition of private to public, and the process of defining objects as "collectable". It covers material culture, collecting the digital, oral history and its methods, research in archiving, and management of historical and contemporary collections. 

Reaching Audiences allows you to present or study a live project to a real audience. You’ll study current discourse around engagement, participation and learning, and link this to exploring how curatorial practices reach audiences.  

The Master's Project can be either text or practice-based. It accommodates a variety of approaches for assessment that can include the traditional written dissertation, the study of historical or archival case studies, curating an exhibition or project in a venue, or forms of digital production, the construction of a museum or gallery-specific website. Many long studies come from the student’s own practice, and can be used to broaden or reflect upon workplace or voluntary experience.

Campus Information

LOCKSBROOK

Our brand new state-of-the-art campus is truly stunning. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas. An amazingly inspirational place for you to flourish.

Intakes

  • Jan
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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

We’ve got lots to share with you and to help we have split our work into three elements which will support you with:

  • Exploring your options
  • Gaining valuable experience
  • Progressing your ideas and career plans

At Bath Spa we believe you are continually exploring your options and experiencing different pathways to progression, but that this journey is not linear. It keeps on going throughout your time with us and when you leave. Some of our services cross all three areas and allow you to explore, experience and progress all in one, such as The Bath Spa Award.

We encourage you to read resources and attend events across all stages of Explore, Experience and Progress as they will offer beneficial insight and development opportunities regardless of the current stage you are at in your career journey.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Normally a Second Class honours degree.

Postgraduate

Normally a Bachelor's degree with honours and a good passing grade from an internationally recognised university or Higher Education institution
Other international qualifications to an equivalent standard will also be considered.

IELTS Academic 6.5 or 7.0

This must include a total of 75, to include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.

Our postgraduate courses have differing requirements depending on the course.  For specific information please see the course webpage.

For courses requiring IELTS 6.5, the PTE required score is 58 overall with at least 51 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

For courses requiring IELTS 7.0, the PTE required score is 67 overall with at least 62 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

We accept the LanguageCert International ESOL with an overall B2 Communicator Pass or High Pass (depending on the course)

  • Course Code: W200
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 15070 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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