MA Curating Contemporary Design

Catherine McDermott and Donna Loveday talk about the Curating Contemporary Design MA delivered in partnership with the Design Museum.

There is a global demand for creative people who can curate, interpret and explain design culture. This course, which has established an international reputation, is ideal if you have an interest in contemporary design and would like to develop a career in the creative industry sector, including the museum sector, event management, design practice or promotion.

Taught jointly by Kingston University and the Design Museum, by leading curators and designers within the field, it explores the collecting and curating of contemporary design, and will provide you with a vision for the 21st century that is underpinned by a grounding in the history and theory of design curating and in the practice of organising, interpreting and promoting design exhibitions.

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What will you study?

You will gain a grounding in the professional aspects of museum practice as well as first-hand experience in planning and organising design exhibitions. This practical experience will be supported by modules in history and theory, ensuring that you have a thorough knowledge of the ideas and context underpinning the display and curating of contemporary designed objects. There is a strong emphasis on research skills and presentation, ensuring a high level of professional development.

We work closely with the British Council, Crafts Council and V&A Museum. There is also the opportunity to participate in a visit to New York.

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Catherine McDermott

Professor School of Design / Course Director MA Curating Contemporary Design


Caitriona Carey

Academic Support Manager