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

International links

Since its inception, the course has attracted curating graduates from all over the world. 25% of all course graduates have come from outside the UK with over 70% of all overseas graduates in employment worldwide.

The development of an international infrastructure for curating contemporary design is one of the primary aims of the course with links to China, Korea, South Africa and America. As part of the course, students have the opportunity to collaborate with international students and practitioners through study visits, live projects and collaboration.

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.

Project Kingston Africa

Project Kingston Africa aims to create opportunities for interaction between Britain and Africa and support the knowledge exchange between Africa, Kingston University and the wider community. The project is formed of practitioners, curators and academics. Project Kingston Africa has a fluid team structure and welcomes collaborators interested in exchanging expertise and knowledge.

The project is led by Prof. Catherine McDermott and has also attracted student support. The most recent project, Building Baskets was the outcome of the project in Zimbabwe was selected for Showcase 2012, the British Council Olympiad festival and was part of the London Design Festival 2012.

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