10 August 2009: New Centre for Curatorial Studies

The Centre for Curatorial Studies is located within the Department of Art History and Theory. It is the focus for a wide range of activities that include teaching and research at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. These activities relate in the widest sense to contemporary curatorial practice including museology, exhibition studies and a study of the cultural impact of museums, exhibitions and the visual arts generally.

The Centre delivers a range of innovative curating courses for those wishing to enter the profession as well as for colleagues already in the profession who are looking to expand their knowledge and skills. In addition, it will organise a programme of public events, lectures and discussions aimed at promoting the exchange of ideas and encouraging debate on topics related to contemporary curatorship.

During the academic years  2008-9  and 2009-10 the Centre will be responsible for:

Undergraduate Courses:

  • A new BA scheme, taught in partnership with Colchester Institute, which introduces elements of art history and exhibition studies into a fine art and practical art syllabus

Postgraduate Courses:

  • Existing MA courses in Gallery Studies and Critical Curating and Gallery Studies with Dissertation
  • A new MA course in Critical Management and Curating, taught in conjunction with the University’s School of Accounting, Finance and Management
  • Short courses and in-service training for museum professionals and employees of arts organizations

Research, Symposia and Outreach

  • Research projects initiated by staff of the centre in collaboration with regional and national partners
  • Conferences, symposia and other public events
  • Talks by artists and curators

Note: the centre also accepts candidates for the award of MPhil and PhD degrees by research and dissertation.

Staff of the Centre

Director: Professor Peter Vergo (Head of Department); Programme Director: Matthew Poole; Assistant Director: Dr Michaela Giebelhausen assisted by other members of staff of the Department of Art History and Theory and of other departments within the University

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