MA Curating at University of Sunderland
University of Sunderland is launching a unique new Masters course in MA
Curating, starting in September this year.
Being a successful curator in the 21st Century can involve
organisation, management, display and production across a wide range of
fields – from contemporary art exhibitions to musical events, from
museum displays to practical workshops.
MA Curating is the only course in the UK to specialise in the concerns
of Curating across the fields of Art, Design, Media & Culture. This
innovative and ground breaking course is also the only one of its type
internationally to combine the curation of artefacts and objects from
the worlds of fine art, applied art and design alongside the initiation
and organisation of projects, exhibitions and events by contemporary
artists and practitioners.
This new programme will highlight the histories of how people have
collected and displayed culture whilst investigating the methods and
skills needed to be a curator today. It is designed to accommodate many
kinds of curator; from the arts administrator and events co-ordinator
to the artist-curator and gallery education worker; from the design
exhibitor to the new media curator. The course provides the student
with the breadth of knowledge and expertise necessary to navigate the
multifaceted practice of curating in the current climate.
MA Curating complements other initiatives at University of Sunderland
such as the ongoing investigation into curating new media art
(www.crumbweb.org - an international resource for curators). The
University of Sunderland has become a leading centre in academic and
professional research on exhibiting digital and new media contemporary
art. MA Curating draws on the wide range of professional curating
experience and expertise of staff from Glass to Fine Art, Design
History to Performance. MA Curating at Sunderland is set to consolidate
and mould the shape of the expanding culture of the North East of
England. It offers the student a dynamic learning environment close to
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage and a host of other
galleries, projects and freelance initiatives across the region.
The course offers expertise from curators and academics at the
forefront of their discipline:
Tim Brennan, Course Leader (curator, artist and writer)
Mike Collier, Lecturer (curator, artist and consultant)
Prof. Beryl Graham, (curator of ‘Serious Games’, author of ‘Digital
Media’, co-editor of CRUMB)
Dr. Sarah Cook, new media curator and post-doctoral research fellow
(co-curator of 'Database Imaginary', and co-editor of CRUMB).
Dr.Carol McKay, Senior Lecturer (writer and academic)
Additional contributing staff include:
Prof. Sylva Petrova, (specialism: glass)
Jack Dawson, Senior Lecturer (specialism: Design History and Theory)
Neil Ewins, Lecturer (specialism: Design History and Theory)
Rob Blackson, Curator (Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland)
Peter Davies, Principal Lecturer (Art Consultant)
The duration of the course is: one year full-time; 2 years part-time.
It is modular in structure offering post-graduate certificate diploma,
and masters levels.
Start date: 4th September 2007
Completion date: 29 July (for full-time students)
If you are interested in being part of this new and dynamic research
culture of curating at the University of Sunderland please contact:
MA Curating Programme Leader
University of SunderlandThornhill Park
t. +44 (0)191 515 3774
m. +44 (0) 7967 801 078
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Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art
School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture, University of Sunderland
Tel: +44 191 515 2896 [log in to unmask]
CRUMB web resource for new media art curators