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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum): International links

International links

One of the primary aims of the course is to develop and international infrastructure for curating contemporary design; we have links with China, Korea, South Africa and America. As part of the course, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with international students and practitioners through study visits and live projects. 

Connections with China

The course's connection with China has been an important aspect of the course since its foundation. The university prides itself on its links with the prestigious organisations such as the De Tao Masters Academy and the Chinese Academy of Fine Arts.

The course welcomes a variety of curators from all over the world. Over the last 15 years, students from the UK have been given the opportunity to visit China through the British Council with a detailed study visit and project accompanying each one. Past projects include:

New York visit

A week-long trip for which an additional fee is charged as part of the course. This course is part of a series of study visits you can take for course credits. It offers a first-hand experience of the visual culture of one of the world's most exciting cities.

The course is divided into three parts:

  • part 1 includes introductory talks about the art and design of the city before the visit;
  • part 2 consists of five full-days of guided visits to major galleries and museums in New York, plus the opportunity to meet curators and artists working in leading institutions;
  • part 3 consists of seminars and an essay presentation on New York.

We encourage you to develop visual diaries whilst in New York, which you can work up for assessment on return.

Sino-British Fellowship Trust

Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston School of Art has received a generous grant from the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT) since 2006, established by the late Dr Elizabeth Frankland Moore, to support individual or co-operative research projects. Research may be conducted either in Britain or in China, or in both countries. Small grants up to £2,000 are available.

If you are interested in applying, please send a letter outlining your interest in further education and the benefit of this fellowship to the course to Course Director, Jana Scholze  (j.scholze@kingston.ac.uk). The deadline for applications is 1 May.  

Read about previous Sino-British scholars and what they've done after graduating.

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Submit an enquiry

020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

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