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Goldsmiths, University of London

Curating

UCAS Code: P130

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Curatorial studies

Do you want to advance your knowledge of contemporary curating and pursue a professional career in the field of curatorial practice?

The term 'curating' is used to refer to a wide range of activities including organising art exhibitions, festivals and professional events, staging of lecture series, public conversations, reading groups, and even the management of our lives on social media. This course explores how curating allows us to stage culture and put knowledge into circulation in multiple ways, and to place its practices in a historical and critical context.

**Why study BA Curating at Goldsmiths?**
- You’ll explore how curating allows us to stage culture and put knowledge into circulation in multiple ways.

- The programme looks at curating practices in historical and critical contexts, so you'll be able to approach the subject from a range of perspectives.

- You’ll study core modules in the history and theory of curating, alongside option modules in art history and visual culture that let you focus on your particular interests to get the most out of your degree.

- At the end of the degree, you’ll take part in an exhibition of group projects with partner institutions, which will develop your skills in planning, programming and publicising exhibitions and events.

- We’ll encourage you to join theoretical study with curatorial practice and you’ll have the opportunity to gain real-life experience through work experience.

- Our London location means you’ll never run out of galleries, events, museums and visual culture to explore in the capital, with many organisations offering free or reduced-price entry for students.

- You’ll even have access to inspiring and world-class exhibitions on campus at the newly opened Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.

Modules

Year 1- You take the following core modules and one option module:
Modernities
Curating and the Public Sphere
Artefacts and Histories

Year 2 - In your second year, you will study the following core modules and four option modules from the Department of Visual Cultures:
Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions
Curating after the Educational Turn

In Year 3 you will complete a dissertation and study the following compulsory module along with two special subject options: Curating the Contemporary.

The range of option modules include:
The Truth in Painting
Sexual Poetics
Philosophy and...
Film Fables
Archive and Spectacle
Animating Architecture
Popular Modernism
Patterns of Perception: Part 1
Ornamentation
Fashion as a Dialectical Image
Fact of Blackness I: Subjects of Difference
Beckett & Aesthetics: Bodies and Identity
Counter Forensics
Research Architecture
Visual Cultures as Public practice

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed mostly through coursework. Normally this consists of essays, sometimes accompanied by creative projects, group projects, multi-media projects, presentations, symposia, reviews, and studio work.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Visual Cultures

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

54%
UK students
46%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


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Communications and media

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Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Information services covers a broad range of degree options including librarianship and museum studies, which are usually only taken by a small number of students at first degree level. These areas tend to be much more popular at postgraduate level - and with a lot of competition for jobs in libraries and museums, most (but not all) of these jobs go to holders of Masters qualifications. However, many industries are increasingly looking for professionals skilled in managing data and information - so there are related jobs to be had with just a first degree and starting salaries are actually a little above average for this subject.

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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Curatorial studies

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