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Curating Culture

Curating has become ubiquitous as a practice and a term. Once called editors, organisers, educators, directors, or programmers, those involved in the arrangement of cultural objects and activity today are as likely to refer to themselves as curators. Perhaps, in the era of social media, we are all curators of our own photo galleries and identities. But what does it mean to ‘curate’ an exhibition or event, a publication or an online platform, and what are we analysing when we pay attention to the curatorial?

On our Curating Culture short course, we will examine prevalent forms of organising, programming and curating within the arts and cultural sectors, to strengthen your understanding of the curatorial logic of current exhibitions and events. We will consider the types of narrative, connection and meaning that are created through curatorial practice and consider how these, in turn, produce and engage different audiences.

Drawing on this understanding, you will create your own curatorial proposal for an exhibition or event that critically and creatively engages with your chosen field of practice. Through discussions, talks and workshops, we will consider the interrelationship of the what, when, where, how and, most importantly, why of a curatorial proposition.

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Wed 13-Jan-21 6pm-9pm

Class code ARMC249S5AAA