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

About Kingston School of Art

Faculty of Art, Design and ArchitectureThis course is delivered in Kingston School of Art.

Kingston School of Art 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 Kingston School of Art based? Curating Contemporary Design MA students in Kingston School of Art 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

Dr Jana Scholze

Title: Associate Professor, Curating Contemporary Design MA

(PhD, Technische Universität Berlin) 

Jana has been previously Curator of contemporary Furniture and Product Design at V&A. She has been co-curator of the Museum's exhibition 'What is Luxury?' (2015) and worked on headline shows such as 'Cold War Modern. Design 1945–1972. (2009). With a profound interest in contemporary design practice, her own curatorial practice is based on an understanding of the museum as a site for untested thinking. Pursuing this interest via exhibition, pedagogy, and publication, she is a regular critic at international design and art schools, such as HEAD Geneva and the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, an exhibition editor of Design and Culture, a judge of various design awards. She has published recently on topics such as curating immateriality and immaterials in design museums.


(2004) Medium Ausstellung. Transcript

(2016) 'Ghosts and Dancers. Immaterials in Design Museums'. In: Design Objects in the Museum; Edited by Liz Farrelly and Jo Weddell, Bloomsbury

(2015) Japan Post 1945. Tradition and Modernity (working title), in: Japanese Art and Design; Edited by Gregory Irvine, V&A Publishing

(2014), Extreme Future; in: Shoes. Pleasure and Pain. Edited by Helen Persson. V&A Publishing

(2014) Ken Adam's London, in: Bigger than Life – Ken Adam's Film Design, Edited by von Boris Hars-Tschachotin et al, Kerber

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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