Curatorial Practice (Art & Design) MFA

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Explore curating as a creative and collaborative practice and gain professional experience in real-world situations, whatever your stage of practice and career.

Date of entry

September 2024

Start date
September 2024
12 months (full time)
Dundee City Campus

In this course, you will explore curating art and design as a creative and collaborative practice in response to a range of real-world contexts and communities.

Curating can take many forms from working with collections to temporary commissions or producing events and publications. Whether you are working with or as an artist, you will develop your practice guided by your interests and ambitions.

Your work will be supported by lectures, workshops and seminars with internationally experienced practitioners and researchers in the fields of contemporary art, design, writing and performance

The course will help you expand your creative, critical, and technical skills. You will also gain practical experience in exhibition-making and event production.

Topics of study include:

  • exhibition formats and curatorial platforms
  • event-based curating and public programming
  • experimental curating
  • collaborative approaches to curating
  • working with media art archives and collections
  • curating research and research exhibitions
  • different modes of writing within curatorial practice
  • curatorial activism
  • artist as curator
  • design thinking for curators
  • project planning, marketing and fundraising
  • working with publics
  • installation and documentation
  • commissioning

Learning in the art school environment of DJCAD, you'll have access to a shared curatorial studio space. Also, you will also have access to workshops, library, exhibition and learning spaces.

You will benefit from learning through engagement with exhibition programmes across the University, including Cooper Gallery which is a Plus Tate organisation.

You will also have access to DJCAD's unique archival holdings including:

  • The Alastair MacLennan Performance Art Archive
  • REWIND Archive of Early Video Art
  • Digital Demarco Archive
  • The Artists' Book Collection Dundee (abcD)

Curating at Dundee differs from other courses in Scotland by focusing on the breadth of art and design knowledge and practices. You'll study in a UNESCO City of Design with significant galleries and museums, artist-led organisations, festivals, theatre, dance and performance spaces, and local authority-run projects.

Outside of the University, your learning will be further developed through engaging with our institutional partner, the V&A Dundee, and other art and culture organisations in and around Dundee.

Your learning will also be developed through visiting lecturers to the course. Over summer you will also have the opportunity to develop your final work through a negotiated placement.

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