Curating Contemporary Design MA (with the Design Museum): what will you study on this course?

Curating is a way to share publicly observations
and interpretations of the world. Design practice is everywhere as we are living increasingly
in a solely man-made but complex world. Curating Contemporary Design seems more urgent than
ever. It can provide us with a medium to help understanding, a platform to debate and a
format to experiment. For the MA Curating Contemporary Design we
understand curating as a practice of knowledge production and sharing through the presentation
of art and design objects and projects. As a discursive platform, curating is understood
as agency and activity that is first and foremost interdisciplinary and appears in various spaces.
The art school is for us the ideal place to apply, test and experiment with curatorial
formats. In Kingston we also have the Stanley Picker Gallery with its renowned residency
programme in art and design, and Dorich House Museum as spaces for interaction. A unique aspect of the course is its location
at the Design Museum and its very strong focus on curating skills training. Through the programme,
students directly engage with the curatorial process and develop an understanding of the
curatorial knowledge and core skills necessary to produce creative exhibitions, collection
displays, learning and public programmes. Leading practitioners at the Design Museum
and guest lecturers are invited to talk to the students about the key elements of curating
exhibitions. We work on new project briefs every year working very closely with the Design
Museum team. I run the visits programme for the course
which is a year-long programme of exhibition and studio visits. London, with its rich landscape
of museums, galleries and independent places for exhibitions, provides one of the most
extensive programmes itself. We get to meet curators, exhibition designers or programme
managers to debate, reflect and critique what is on display. We value the mix between theory and practice
as it allows us to use research as a foundation for any work but apply new knowledge in various
forms, from exhibition making to writing, public debates and civic engagement to exclusive
forums. We encourage experimentation with curatorial
formats with the ambition that student or course projects become starting points to
expand the field of curation.

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