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About the course

Want to acquire knowledge and experience of curatorial practices and exhibition design? Refine your writing and critical thinking skills? With its distinctive focus on innovative approaches to curating, this fascinating master’s degree prepares you for an excellent career as a curator.

You’ll be taught by academics and practitioners with experience in curating and publishing, who emphasize interdisciplinary thinking and enquiry within curation and visual culture. And will study areas including; contemporary curating, researching/writing about visual culture, and curating in digital contexts, learning the essential skills to work in a wide variety of contexts such as the gallery and publishing sectors, or for brands and cultural institutions.

Throughout the master’s you’ll benefit from the contribution of a range of internal and external representatives such as curators, publishers, event organisers and designers who provide excellent industry insight and examples. The University’s own art gallery space Solent Showcase also offers you the opportunity to build your awareness of professional practices and engage in hands-on research and curatorial activities.

You’ll also have access to our fantastic facilities to support your learning, including specialist software for workshops on exhibition design.

The curating and critical writing skills developed on this course are applicable to a wide range of professions such as roles at cultural institutions, publishers, and brands, as well as independent and collaborative practices – leaving you with varied and exciting career options upon graduation.

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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Distinctive focus on online innovations, including online exhibitions, galleries and platforms for exploring and exhibiting visual culture.

What does this course lead to?

This master’s course prepares you to work within cultural organisations; museums and galleries; publishing; the cultural management sector; or as consultants for brands.

The course also provides an excellent grounding if you wish to continue your studies to PhD level – with a view to an academic career.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to students from a wide range of creative disciplines and the humanities, who want to refine their writing and critical thinking skills while acquiring new knowledge and experience of curatorial practices and exhibition design. Applicants will be required to present examples of written and/or visual work, and attend an interview.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,600
International full-time fees: £13,700
UK and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,800 per year
International and EU part-time fees: Students from outside the UK are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU full-time tuition fees the same as UK full-time tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please see our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional: 

Three trips to London: costs based on current travel expenses
International trip in EU: costs based on current travel expenses and hotel prices

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

A BA honours degree at 2:2 or higher. 

  • Offers will be made on the basis of the application, interview, and submission of examples of written (and possibly visual) work.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 110 overall with minimum 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Please use the links below to apply online:

Full-time:

Part-time:

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

What you'll study

Modules include:

  • Researching Visual Culture
  • Contemporary Curating
  • Visual Culture in Digital Contexts
  • Collaborative Project
  • MA Project / Thesis

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Dr Flavia Loscialpo academic profile Flavia Loscialpo Course Leader View profile
Atsuhide Ito academic profile Atsuhide Ito Senior Lecturer View profile
Donna Bevan academic profile Donna Bevan Senior Lecturer View profile
Guy Moreton academic profile Guy Moreton Senior Lecturer View profile
Tom Slevin academic profile Tom Slevin Senior Lecturer View profile
Russell White academic profile Russell White Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Sebastiane Hegarty academic profile Sebastiane Hegarty Lecturer View profile
Daen Palma Huse academic profile Daen Palma Huse Lecturer View profile
Jennifer Anyan academic profile Jennifer Anyan Associate Professor View profile
Andrew Cross academic profile Andrew Cross Associate Lecturer View profile
Dr Nicola Foster researcher profile Nicola Foster Research Fellow View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Workshops on exhibition design also enable you to use a range of specialist software including Google SketchUp and InDesign.

The University’s own art gallery Solent Showcase, provides the opportunity to explore on-going exhibitions and exhibit your work at the annual MA degree show.

The partnership with the Solent Showcase Gallery offers students the opportunity to engage in hands-on curatorial activities and projects.

Your future

MA Visual Culture and Curation will prepare graduates for a variety of professions including:  

  • Curator
  • Researcher
  • Archivist
  • Exhibition designer
  • Exhibition manager
  • Event organiser
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Consultant (for the cultural sector and brands)
  • Project manager
  • Academic pathway

Industry links

The course team maintain excellent links with external organisations, providing you with opportunities to broaden your knowledge, research interests and awareness of professional practices - and to receive valuable formative feedback through guest speaker sessions, field trips and extracurricular activities.

These close links include Solent Showcase Gallery, God’s House Tower, John Hansard Gallery; Mindless Mag and The Protagonist. In particular, the link with the Solent Showcase Gallery offers opportunities for paid and voluntary career development roles.

Placements

Placements are an optional element of the course, however you will be guided by tutors in finding suitable placements and work experience, which will vary in terms of duration, depending on the destination.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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