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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum): After you graduate

Graduate destinations

One of the great strengths of this course is that graduates have gone on to work for leading organisations all over the world. These include the Korean Institute of Design Promotion, the Japanese Embassy, the V&A Museum and the Design Museum. Download our graduate destinations (PDF) for a full list.

The Curating Contemporary Design MA graduation destinations website also shows the locations of  alumni from this course around the world.

Some great examples of graduation destinations are also shown below.

Name: Lucy Loveday
Graduated: 2012
Current position: Curatorial scholar at the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art

The School of Design has a long-standing relationship with the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art (IMA). Craig Miller, IMA's Director of Design Initiatives was a Kingston University visiting professor and invited Catherine McDermott and Pro Vice-Chancellor Penny Sparke to work collaboratively on building America's largest contemporary design collection. 

The museum recently moved into stage 2, building new galleries by NY Met Museum designer Jeff Daly. To support the project, Lucy Loveday won a six-month paid internship at IMA and has since gone on to become a curatorial scholar at the museum.


Name:  Sarah Davies
Graduated:  2012
Current position: Project coordinator at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Since graduating, Sarah has gone on hold curating and project management positions for curatorial consultancy Double Decker, the Design Museum and most recently working as Tom Dixon's project manager for MOST. Sarah has since taken up a project coordinator role at the V&A.


Margaret Cubbage

Current position: Assistant curator at the Design Museum, London

"As I have a design practice background, I was keen to apply my knowledge and experience within a more specialised context - contemporary curating. The course at Kingston was unique in its focus, as well as its partnership with the Design Museum.

"The programme's commitment to examining the developing field of curating was valuable on both practical and theoretical levels. It also provided a historical context to the profession.

"Another key asset was the mix of students from various cultures and professions on the course. The rich interdisciplinary community shared the same ambition of challenging the practice of curating whilst working on live briefs for leading institutions. These projects helped me to fully comprehend the profession within its various contexts.

"I was also offered the chance to meet a number of key people within the creative industries during the course, which opened up unique opportunities and broadened my knowledge and experience."


Name: Fleur Watson
Graduated: 2007
Current position: Curator, Design Hub at RMIT University

Pin-up's Co-Founder Fleur Watson is one of three, invited design curators commissioned to contribute to the largest and most ambitious exhibition in the NGV's 152-year history – Melbourne Now.

Sampling the City: Architecture in Melbourne Now is curated by Watson, with exhibition design by Amy Muir and Stuart Geddes, projection and soundscape design by Keith Deverall, introductory narrative by Michael Spooner and built environment imagery by Peter Bennetts.

Sampling the City aspires to reveal the complex web of personalities, factions and trajectories that make up Melbourne's vibrant contemporary architectural culture. The project asks: what are the ideas and themes that inform Melbourne's design culture? Who are its agitators and protagonists? How are emerging architects driving new ways of thinking? The project is in four parts:

  • A 'super graphic' introduction sampling Melbourne's contemporary architectural culture.
  • A projection space with architectural imagery curated to five themes: representation and the city; craftsmanship and materiality; art-engaged practice; stitching the city; and bio-futures/advanced architecture.
  • An incubator/studio environment providing insight into the processes of six leading Melbourne architects: Cassandra Fahey, Make Architecture, March Studio, Muir Mendes, Studio Bird and Studio Roland Snooks.
  • An intimate screening room with a video artwork by Matthew Sleeth.

"When researching potential postgraduate programmes in curating, I discovered that the Curating Contemporary Design MA is unique within an international context. Run by the Design Museum and Kingston University, it provides a strong and rewarding structure. Practical, course-driven content is balanced with the opportunity to pursue individual research in the dissertation.

Due to its contemporary content, the course attracts students from all over the world. This provides an international learning experience and the opportunity to apply curatorial practice to a wide range of situations and cultural reference points.

The collaborative experience of working on 'real' curatorial briefs with organisations such as the British Council, the V&A and the Wellcome Trust grounds the course in the reality of contemporary curatorial practice."


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