MA Creative Production and Curatorial Practice

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1YRS (FT) 2YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

Gain

essential workplace experience and understanding of exhibitions.

Work

alongside your studies in a variety of arts-based settings such as museums and commercial galleries.

 

Develop

valuable research and entrepreneurial skills to help you thrive in your career. 

Why choose this course?

This course has been designed to give you a deep understanding of the necessary skills required to work across creative, professional and academic contexts. It is aimed at those who wish to develop and deepen their knowledge and expertise in curatorial practices and creative project management.

  • Civic engagement is at the heart of this programme. Not only is this course designed to positively impact your employability by equipping you with skills for a career in curation and cultural production, but you will also engage with the local community via thriving local cultural organisations to undertake pre-arranged internships, volunteering or project placements.
  • Learning takes place through situated practice. The course has strong links with galleries and museums in North Wales and offers invaluable insights, including behind-the-scenes access to gallery spaces and the chance to learn from curatorial staff and arts professionals.
  • You may also work alongside your studies in museums, commercial galleries, auction houses, artist’s studios, magazines, alternative spaces and not-for-profit organisations.

Key course features

  • Gain research and entrepreneurial skills needed to sustain your career, with an ethos of fostering a sustainable society mindful of environmental and civic responsibility for our future. Develop your knowledge and skills in publicity, marketing and fundraising, audience development and engagement and leadership and management.
  • Take part in events and field trips across the UK, from festivals to local special events.
  • Previously, students have had the opportunity to apply for the Arts Council of Wales Invigilator Plus Scheme. This allowed successful students to invigilate at the Welsh Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and work alongside peers from other Universities in Wales. Students have also had opportunities to be part of mentorship schemes with established curators and artists
  • Engage in critical conversations concerning the formation and engagement of public exhibitions involving Welsh culture and Welsh artists, discussing topics such as the artist as curator, exhibition as an art form, curating performance and cultural production as forms of resilience and activism.
  • There is also an emphasis on writing for publication, exhibition reviews, curatorial thesis, and audience-facing information texts.

What you will study

Students will study four core modules each worth a total of 30 credits, followed by a final dissertation project worth 60 credits.

MODULES

  • Curation Theory and Practice-Core
  • Research Methods and Application-Core
  • Collaborative Project-Core
  • Audiences and Markets-Core
  • Thesis and Masters Art Exposition-core

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

We currently require an initial undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, classified as First Class or 2:1, or evidence of recent activity in the subject equivalent to these classifications as determined by interview.

All applicants are expected to hold a good and relevant initial degree, or provide a portfolio of their own work, demonstrating their understanding of the subject and artistic skills. Overseas students can submit their portfolio and statement of intent digitally if they are unable to visit the university in person.

 

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment will be conducted through a series of coursework (typically a portfolio), including evaluations of the practical work for each module.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Graduates of the course will be well placed to find employment in any of the following areas:

  • Museums
  • Commercial Galleries
  • Auction Houses
  • Artist’s Studios
  • Magazines
  • Not-for-profit Organisations
  • Exhibitions
  • Festivals
  • Public art commissions
  • Arts Education Programmes
  • Theatres

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for MA Creative Production and Curatoral Practice are £5940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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