Curating Contemporary Art and Design - Theory and Practice (Online), Short Course | Part time online | Royal College of Art | United Kingdom
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Curating Contemporary Art and Design - Theory and Practice (Online)

10 days
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A critical introduction to curating practice and curatorial thinking in contemporary art and design.


The online Curating Contemporary Art and Design summer school provides an intensive introduction to contemporary curatorial thinking and practice in art and design. It offers critical perspectives from the viewpoint of experts who curate, research and write in the cultural sector, with opportunities for participants to engage with cutting edge curatorial approaches emerging both within and beyond London.

Through in-depth discussions with pioneering curators, participants are introduced to collections and displays of leading UK galleries and museums. In addition, the sessions consider wider forms of practice such as commissioning, programming, publishing and online curating.

The theme of the RCA Curating Contemporary Art and Design course in 2021 is Why now? The urgency of curating.

Programme Structure

The course offers an intensive two-part programme of seminars, curatorial workshops, presentations, behind-the-scenes encounters, collaborative project work, and critical debate.

Week 1: Curatorial encounters

Week 2: Curatorial practice


Art and design graduatesEarly- and mid-career professionals from the cultural sectorCurators and arts programmersArtists and designersWritersResearchers


The course team is composed of curators, critics, researchers, historians and writers.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 10 days
    • 18 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Participants are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited.




  • Fully structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Participants must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree
  • Have a good level of English language
  • Be 21 years or over

Visit the RCA website for details on the application process.

Tuition Fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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