Introduces generic research methodologies and the ways subject specific material, analysis and evaluation techniques can be a vehicle for personal study. This is shared with other Masters programmes in the School of Art and Design, and so gives an opportunity to share ideas with artists, designers and curators from across disciplines.
The Role of the Curator
Considers the changing role of the curator, the ´politics´ of curating and real-world issues through first hand contact with working curators in our region and beyond. It addresses developments in critical theory and their impact on curatorial practices such as representing communities, ethnicities, gender issues, ´interventions´, gallery learning, the ´post-museum´ and curating in the public realm.
Collections and Collecting
Considers the nature of collecting and the influence of collecting on curatorial practice. We assess the way collections act as a ´ground´ for new work by artists, makers and in specialist creative project work, as well as traditional interpretation. You can study private collectors, the transition of ´private´ to ´public´, and the process of defining objects as ´collectible´. It covers material culture, collecting the digital, oral history and its methods, research in archiving and management of historical and contemporary collections.
The module allows you to present or study a live project to a real audience. You’ll study current discourse around engagement, participation and learning, and link this to exploring how curatorial practices reach audiences.
The Master´s Project can be either text or practice based. It accommodates a variety of approaches for assessment, that can include the traditional written dissertation, the study of historical or archival case studies, curating an exhibition or project in a venue, or forms of digital production, the construction of a museum or gallery specific web site. Many long studies come from the student’s own practice, and can be used to broaden or reflect upon work-place or voluntary experience.