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 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
Judit Bodor
Tiffany Boyle
Katrina Brown
Jenny Brownrigg
Patrick Jameson
Francis McKee
Dominic Paterson  
Max Slaven


Recent and current visiting tutors include:
Can Altay (Artist, Istanbul)
Jason Bowman (Artist, London)
Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, Mostyn, Llandudno)
Ruth Ewan (Artist, Glasgow)
Sophia Yadong Hao (Curator, Cooper Gallery DJCAD, Dundee)
Stine Hebert (Dean, Oslo National Academy of Arts)
Roger Hiorns (Artist, London) 
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)
Sarah Tripp (Artist, Glasgow) 
Axel Wieder (Director, Index, Stockholm) 



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 are encouraged to conduct studio visits with a range of artists.
  • 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.