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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum): Who teaches this course

About the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture and Design Museum

Faculty of Art, Design and ArchitectureThis course is delivered by the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture.

The Faculty has its roots in the studio-based approach of Britain's art school system (the original School of Art was founded in the 1890s).

Our industry connections mean we provide unique study opportunities, such as:

  • the chance to have your work seen by eminent members of your profession;
  • 'live' projects, site visits and placements in prestigious companies or institutions; and
  • project work and workshops with visiting lecturers and industry specialists.

Where is the Faculty based? Curating Contemporary Design MA students in the Faculty are based at the University's Knights Park campus. Our well-equipped facilities offer a modern study environment so that you graduate with cutting-edge skills and knowledge.

Where is the Design Museum based? The Design Museum is currently located near Tower Bridge on the River Thames in Central London. In 2015 it will open on a new site in Kensington.

Staff teaching on this course

Catherine McDermott

Title:  Professor of design history and curating

Specialist subjects: Catherine has published widely in the field of contemporary design and curated a series of exhibitions related to contemporary design both at home and abroad. These include:

  • Street Style: British Design in the '80s - a series of monographs on British designers, including Ben Kelly, Terry Jones, English Eccentrics;
  • Design Museum Book of 20th Century Design; and
  • an exhibition commissioned by Lord Spencer to celebrate the life of his sister, Diana Princess of Wales, which has won several awards.

She has also acted as a consultant curator for the Design Museum, D&AD and the British Council.

Recent publications and exhibitions: Catherine's most recent publications and exhibitions include:

  • Contemporary Design (Carlton Books);
  • Design: The Key Concepts (Routledge);
  • a chapter in European Design Since 1985 (Merrell, London);
  • curated shows for the  London Design Festival at the Festival Hall, Atlantis Gallery and the Oxo Tower.

Donna Loveday

Title: Head of Curatorial at the Design Museum

Specialist subjects: Now Head of Curatorial, Donna was previously head of exhibitions at the Design Museum and has curated a wide range of exhibitions, including:

  • Christian Louboutin (2012)
  • Hussein Chalayan – From Fashion and Back (2009)
  • Somewhere Totally Else – The European Design Show (2006)
  • Verner Panton – Light and Colour (1999)

Before joining the Design Museum, Donna was Exhibitions Manager at the British Film Institute and Exhibition Organiser at Barbican Art Gallery where she curated fine art and photography exhibitions. She is currently curating an exhibition on Paul Smith, to open at the Design Museum in November 2013.

Research interests: Donna has a research interest in contemporary curating practice and is studying for a PhD by Practice exploring new approaches to design curating. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, sits on the Curatorial Advisory Panel for English Heritage and is Vice Chair of the Touring Exhibitions Group Executive Committee.

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  • Dates: 3 February, 3 March, 28 April, 19 May and 9 June 2015
  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Location: Design Museum
  • To attend/more information: please contact Deborah Charles

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