Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)

Key Facts


Programme Overview


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, project proposal and practice-based coursework.

For further information contact Senior Lecturer Mónica Núñez Laiseca

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Mónica Núñez Laiseca (GSA)

Alexandra Ross (UoG)


Associated Faculty
James Bell
Katrina Brown
Jenny Brownrigg
Gordon Douglas
Patrick Jameson
Francis McKee
Dominic Paterson  
Max Slaven


Recent and current visiting tutors include:
Yvonne Billimore (Artist and Independent Curator, Stockholm)
Jason Bowman (Artist, London)
Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, Mostyn, Llandudno)
Ruth Ewan (Artist, Glasgow)
Stine Hebert (Independent Curator, Copenhanguen)
Ashanti Harris (Artist, Glasgow)
Annette Krauss (Artist, Utrecht) 
Lisa Le Feuvre (Executive Director, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson Foundation, Santa Fe)
Mason Leaver-Yap (Independent Curator and Writer, Glasgow and Berlin)
Sarah McCrory (Director, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London)
Sarah Munro (Director, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle)
Livia Paldi (Director, Project Arts Centre, Dublin)
João Ribas (Steven D. Lavine Executive Director, REDCAT, Los Angeles)
Ainslie Roddick (Artistic Director/CEO, ATLAS Arts, Portree)
Manuel Segade (Director, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Móstoles)
Kathryn Smith (Artist, Cape Town)
Sarah Tripp (Artist, Glasgow)
The-Wa (Artist, Berlin)
Axel Wieder (Director, Index, Stockholm) 



Programme Overview

This programme, established in 2014 and jointly run by The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow, offers students the opportunity to study curatorial practice in Glasgow, a city with one of the most vibrant and distinctive art scenes globally. Throughout the year students are supported to identify and undertake individually motivated curatorial projects and research that will set the basis for the development of a self-sustaining practice, making this programme unique in its delivery.

During this intensive one-year programme, students work closely with artists and a wealth of organisations, as they consolidate and articulate their practice within an international context of theory and practice. There is an equal balance between theoretical exploration and critique, whereby the rigours of writing and concept-formation are challenged and honed by practical application and experimentation. There is the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively at different stages in the year and the scope and breadth of output extends far beyond exhibition-as-form, to include performance-based work, publications, digital platforms and discursive modes of curation. 

The curriculum is designed to support the development of students’ curatorial practice throughout the year. Stage 1 focuses on situating practice, guiding students to ground their research within the context Glasgow through connecting with curators, artists and publics in the city. Stage 2 encourages the development of local-international conversations and a deepening of students’ own curatorial positions, with some of the teaching responding to the specific research interests brought in every year by each cohort. In Stage 3 the focus shifts towards independent practice, as students undertake a substantial curatorial project, research piece, or a combination of both.

The programme proposes a dialogue between curating as an endeavour that is inextricably linked to visual arts practice, and its inter-disciplinary expansion through curatorial discourse. Teaching is a constellation of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, and focused study days. There is also an emphasis on independent work and peer-critique, where the articulation and discussion of projects allows students to find their curatorial voice and have the opportunity to hone a methodology of working that they can take forward post-Masters.

It is appreciated that there will be multiple interests in the programme, and as such the programme fosters diverse ways of working curatorially and responds to the interests emerging from the cohort. For example, in previous years this has included residencies and support structures, writing-as-practice, feminist and queer projects, self-organised and collaborative work, and events operating outwith the conventional sphere of presentation. Equally, the programme offers students the chance to extend their practical and also academic skills, with support to refine work for PhD pathways – including practice-based.  

It is expected that applicants have a strong understanding of contemporary art, gained through study and/or professional experience, upon which to build their curatorial projects and writing during the programme. During the year, students can expect visiting tutors/ lecturers who will lend an international and insightful understanding of the curatorial field and their practice, as well as on-going opportunities to participate in local networks.

The programme is offered jointly between The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow, and offers links with external institutions in Glasgow, including CCA – the Centre for Contemporary ArtGlasgow InternationalGoMATramwayThe Common Guild, Lux Scotland, David Dale Gallery and Studios, Wave Particle, Counterflows Festival, Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow Sculpture Studios 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 are encouraged to conduct studio visits with a range of artists. In addition to this, ten students every year have the possibility of undertaking a placement tailored to their interests either within the city or further afield.
  • Benefit from a diverse taught provision, balancing lectures and seminar-based sessions with close peer-to-peer critique, 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.
  • Core to the programme is the accommodation of the students alongside the Fine Art Practice students at The Glasgow School of Art. Students have access to a studio/project space and are encouraged to test and develop projects alongside practicing Fine Art students.
  • The programme attracts students from all over the world and fosters collaboration with a growing network of international partners, all contributing to a rich learning environment.

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 or life experience. A good level of understanding of contemporary art, relevant to the applicant's own cultural context. 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.

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