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Curating Culture


Wednesday 12 January - Wednesday 23 March 2022, 6pm-9pm

10 sessions - Check class timetable



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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.

Assessment is via a project proposal of 4000 words or equivalent (may contain diagrams and images).

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.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.