MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice

Master of arts by coursework and research report in the field of Contemporary Curatorial Practice


Masters of Arts, by coursework and research report in the field of Contemporary Curatorial Practice 

As contemporary curatorial practice has become an integral part of the work of galleries, museums, festivals and other large or small-scale events - and this increasingly being foregrounded in the way that artists, critics, designers, filmmakers, curators and cultural practitioners think about the articulation and presentation of their creative work in public. As a result, this has made curating a sophisticated field that requires specialised training, as well as critical engagement, thinking and theorisation. The Wits School of Arts now offers a cross disciplinary masters in curating.

A Masters Degree can be undertaken in three different ways: by dissertation, by dissertation and practical project, or by coursework and research report, or by dissertation only. In the case the Master of Art in Contemporary Curatorial Practice, the research report is even shorter, 10000 – 15000 words, as it is accompanied by a practical component.


Master of Art in the field of Contemporary Curatorial Practice by course work (only)
Requirements: 3 courses and a research report (with a practical component)
(i) Core Courses: Curating Exhibitions and Exhibition Histories
(ii) 1 elective 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
  • A supervisor from the Department must be identified and approached prior to application.

Documentation required:

  • Complete Application
  • Transcripts
  • Certified copies of qualifications
  • Motivation
  • CV
  • Sample of writing (i.e. honours essay paper)
  • 1 page description of intended research

Additional entry requirements may apply.

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