Do you want to advance your knowledge of contemporary art and pursue a professional career in the field of curatorial practice?
- Curating refers to a wide range of activities including the care of collections and the development of exhibitions, festivals, screenings, digital platforms and more. Curators engage with historicalknowledgeand respond to urgent social issues, staging culture as a way of bringing togethermultiple publics.
- Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths has been at the forefront of curatorial research for well over a decade, helping to redefine the profession.Drawing from thisresearch,taught by leading curators and researchers,BA Curating combines astrong grounding in art history and contemporary cultural theory with the development of practical know-how and industry experience.To find out more about BA CuratingwatchDr.Janna Graham, programme leader talk about this programme.
- Alongside compulsory modules on the history, theory and practice of curating, you will be able to choose additional modules in art history,fashion, technology and performance,allowing you to focus your interestsand get the most out of your degree.You will gain a good understanding of both the history of art and the history of exhibitions, learning how curatorial work shapes our understanding of visual culture.
- The coursewillsupportyouin developing a widesetof curatorial skills.Over three yearsyou willwork on avarietyofassignmentscloselymentored by course staff and practising curators. Thiswill allow youto becomea morecritical thinker andconfidentresearcher,able toshape yourcuratorialprojects successfully and communicateyourwork to a wide variety of audiences.
- Studentsbecome familiar with the dynamics of different professional settings, from large museums to volunteer-runorganisations and digital spacesthrough bothvisits and on-site projectexperience.A core component of the course is a placement within an arts organisationduring the second year. In the past, students have worked withTheWellcomeCollection, the Sir John Soanes Museum, Cubitt,TheWomens Art Library,Bethlem Gallery, The Showroom, Gasworks, InstituteofContemporary Art (ICA), Queens Museum (NY) and"¯charities such as Single Housing Project.In their third year, students collaborate to organise apublicexhibition with partner institutions, which further developstheir skills in planning, programming and publicising exhibitions and events.
- Fostering collaboration and peer supportis a crucial aspectof the course.BA Curating students benefit fromtheir own dedicated room, which they can use to stage work-in-progress, organise events andsocialise around their course commitments.Theyareencouragedtoinitiatetheir own projects or joinsome of the existing ones, likeThe Art Columnistjournal.
- Theycanalso enjoy a rich programme ofpublic eventswithin the Visual Cultures department and the wider Goldsmithscommunityas well as theworld-class exhibitions at the newly openedGoldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.Our London location means that there arelots of opportunities to benefit from a rich network of art organisations, with some of the teaching delivered through gallery visits.
Why study BA Curating at Goldsmiths?
- Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths is internationally renowned for its research on Curatorial Practice and you will be learning from leadingtheoristsand practitioners.
- Youwill study"¯compulsory modules on curatorialhistory, theory andpractice alongside option modules in art historyand visual culture thatallow you tofocus on yourparticular interests.
- You will be mentored to develop the know-how and practical skills necessary to practice as a contemporary art curator through a number of practical assignments as well as an industry placement in your second year.
- You will develop your ability to work collaboratively and will work with your peers in your third year towards your degree show.
- You will be supported to develop student-led projects and will have access to our dedicated Curating Room to host your events.
- Youwill benefit from the rich programme of events at Goldsmiths as well fromworld-class exhibitions at the newly openedGoldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.
- OurLondon locationmeans youll never run out of galleries, events, museums and visual culture to explore in the capital.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Janna Graham.