Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

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MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art). All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Peer and staff review, formative and summative assessment, with continuous feedback from tutorials. Courses are assessed by essay, critical review and practice-based coursework.

For further information contact Senior Lecturer Mónica Núñez Laiseca

Senior Lecturer
Mónica Núñez Laiseca


University Teacher
Lesley Young


Associated Faculty
Katrina Brown
Jenny Brownrigg
Francis McKee
Dominic Paterson


Recent and current visiting tutors include:
Can Altay (Artist)
Will Bradley (Artistic Director, Kunsthall Oslo)
Rosie Cooper (Curator, Liverpool Biennial)
Ruth Ewan (Artist, Glasgow)
Stine Hebert (Rector, Funen Art Academy)
Roger Hiorns (Artist, London) 
Annette Krauss (Artist, Utrecht) 
Lisa Le Feuvre (Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute)
Mason Leaver-Yap (Independent Curator and Writer)
Sarah McCrory (Director, Glasgow International)
Livia Paldi (Director, Project Arts Centre, Dublin)
Sarah Tripp (Artist, Glasgow) 
Axel Wieder (Director, Index, Stockholm) 
Gavin Wade (Director, Eastside Projects)



Programme Overview

This programme offers students the opportunity to study curatorial practice in Glasgow, a city with one of the most vibrant and distinctive art scenes in Europe. The programme is embedded within the city, drawing on its community of artists, curators, institutions and international connections, and guides students to undertake curatorial work and develop approaches to practice which stem from a strong awareness of context and participation within it.

Jointly run by The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow, the programme takes the link between curator and artist as the starting point from which to explore curatorial practice. Curating is thus presented as an activity that is reliant upon close and on-going contact with artists and a considered understanding of their work. A central tenet of the programme is that students undertake self-initiated curatorial work that reflects their individual interests and aspirations. Working in different contexts, including a dedicated studio space at the heart of the School of Fine Art, participants develop individual research, hone their thinking and acquire practical professional skills whilst initiating and producing real exhibitions, projects and events.

The programme is taught by dedicated staff and guest faculty, including curators, artists and academics, and fosters diverse ways of working curatorially. A mixture of lectures, studio visits, discussion of contemporary artworks and curatorial projects form the backbone of the teaching, from which students are introduced to relevant debates and thinking key to the practice of curating.

Throughout the course students are introduced to various working contexts, ranging from the gallery and the archive to site-specific contexts and artist-led activity.  Students will work on live projects, gaining the most engaged and professionally focused experience possible. This includes the possibility of undertaking a placement tailored to their interests either within the city or further afield.

The programme is offered jointly with the University of Glasgow, and offers links with external institutions in Glasgow, including CCA - the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow International, GoMA, Tramway, The Common Guild and The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Quick facts
Students on this programme have the opportunity to:

  • Produce a minimum of two public-facing curatorial projects per year, including a curatorial project initiated by each of the students individually, which is presented as part of their Degree Show in venues across Glasgow every September.
  • Access an extensive professional network. Throughout the course students have the chance to meet numerous curators, who are invited to teach on the programme, and to conduct studio visits with a range of artists.
  • Benefit from a diverse taught provision, balancing lectures and seminar-based sessions with studio instruction, practical workshops and tutorials. In addition to this, students attend a study day every term on a topic of contemporary relevance.
  • Be part of two postgraduate student communities, as teaching takes place across the School of Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art and the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow. This opens up the possibility of interdisciplinary collaboration and learning.
  • The programme is also supported by a bespoke mentoring scheme. Each student is allocated a practising curator as a professional mentor, with whom they meet regularly to discuss the projects that they are working on and the development of their practice.

The Scottish Funding Council has provided full-fee waivers for 5 postgraduate students on the programme for the academic year 2017/18. Scottish residents and EU citizens (not students from the Rest of the UK) are eligible for these places. More here.

Entry requirements
A good Undergraduate Degree in a relevant subject (normally 2:1 or higher - although a lower classification may be considered where other areas of the application are strong) or equivalent professional experience. Candidates will undertake an interview before selection.

International students
International students will need to have an IELTS 6.5 (min 5.5) or equivalent qualification in English language in addition to the other entry requirements listed above.