Richmond University’s MA in Visual Arts Management & Curating equips students with the entrepreneurial knowledge and professional skills required to critically engage with global visual cultures of the twenty-first century and become innovative, creative and resilient leaders in their fields. The programme is taught in our Kensington campus in Central London where our students benefit from studying in close proximity to Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery and many more art galleries and institutions. The close proximity and ease of access to world class art galleries, museums, libraries and art institution is vital to the foundation of this course.
Richmond University’s MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating prepares students in the professional knowledge, skills and experience required for career placement in visual arts institutions and the creative cultural industries. The program is unique in that it straddles the publicly funded (Not for Profit) and commercial visual arts sector with a strong emphasis on education and curation. Students will learn how museums, galleries, auction houses, creative startups, collectors and funders operate in today’s increasingly global art world.
Students in this programme are considered to be junior research colleagues and emerging arts professionals and as such are encouraged to participate in a range of exhibition openings, networking events, artist talks, festivals and conferences. Many classes are taught externally in museums and galleries, and students leave with extensive contacts from which they can develop and expand their own professional network.
This programme offers sustained engagement with the visual arts from intercultural perspective. It trains students in marketing, management, curating and gallery education within a visual arts context.
This programme brings art and design historians, theoreticians, professional practitioners and studio artists together to:
- Offer a thorough grounding in the interdisciplinary, theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of the visual
- Equip students with the professional skills and experience to work successfully in a variety of arts and cultural industries
Optional Accredited Internship
The optional accredited Internship integrates theory with practice. Students will be challenged to relate classroom situations to the workplace, make contacts which may prove valuable to their future employment prospects, and gain confidence in their capabilities, creativity and communication skills. Internships are designed to be both demanding and rewarding. The internship will provide an opportunity to deploy the skills learned on courses in a real world setting, as students produce an assessed record of their experiences.
Top 5 Reasons to study Visual Arts Management & Curating:
- The ability to study in Central London which provides students with a unique intercultural location and engagement with art in London – a hub and a global scene that attracts the best creative talents in the arts and design industries from all over the world
- Benefit from small classes (average 10–15 students), more contact time and full academic support from faculty engaged in leading research in the art industry
- The ability to learn first-hand by frequent on-site visits to the world’s most prestigious museums, galleries and art exhibitions
- Attain a US accredited degree that increases your employment opportunities internationally
- Benefit from an integrated internship that will allow you to apply what you have learned in a real-world workplace setting
Saatchi Gallery, White Cube, Windsor Castle, Seattle Art Museum, Adventures in Learning (NY), Denver Art Museum, Tanya Baxtar Contemporary, The Wallace Collection, Musee de Louvre, Getty Institute, Sotheby’s New York, Christies New York, Guggenheim Museum, V&A Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, South London Gallery, and many more.
London: Andipa Gallery, Art Set International, Broadbent Gallery, Charlie Smith Gallery, Exhibitions Planning Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, Summaria Lunn Gallery, Textiles Department, Victoria and Albert Museum
Advanced Placement Internship, American Art Journal/Fellows Office, Smithsonian – DC, Contemporary Curating, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, Crow Indian Museum, Crow Reservation -Montana, Detroit Museum of Arts, Education Department, Chicago History Museum, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – Tampa, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – Chicago, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.
A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2 (Lower Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent
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