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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum): Links with the creative industries

How we work with industry partners

Our links with professional practice provide a real-world base for our courses. They also help us to ensure your studies are kept up-to-date and relevant to the workplace.

Links with the Design Museum

ThDesign Museume Curating Contemporary Design MA is taught in partnership with the Design Museum, London.

The Design Museum, founded in 1989, is:

  • one of the world's leading museums of design, fashion and architecture, with a mission to excite everyone about design;
  • the cultural champion of UK design, winning international acclaim for its exhibitions of modern design history and exciting innovations in contemporary design; and
  • the UK's largest provider of design education resources.

A new museum is planned to open in Kensington in 2015, under the directorship of Deyan Sudjic, previously Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University.

Several modules are taught at the Design Museum by its staff, many of which are Curating Contemporary Design MA alumni. You will be involved in aspects of planning and organising live exhibitions.

Guest speakers and studio visits

Guest speakers and studio visits give you the chance to meet a wide range of professionals directly involved in the public presentation of contemporary design.

Visiting tutors and speakers include: Anthony Burton (V&A), Pablo Helguera (MoMa), Morag Myerscough (Studio Myerscough), Elias Redstone (Archizines), Hannah Redler (Science Museum), Gillian Russell (DeTnk) and Sarah Scott (V&A).

Professionals involved in course projects, crits and briefs come from a range of institutions, including the British Council, Science Museum, London Transport Museum, Crafts Council, Wellcome Trust, Demos and Lighthouse Glasgow.


Internships are also an important part of the course. Most students work on an aspect of the Design Museum's programme, and past students have worked at the Science Museum, Crafts Council, Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum of London; the Geffrye Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, Proud Galleries and David Gill.

Study visits

A study visit to New York gives you the opportunity to explore first-hand the visual culture and meet curators and artists working in leading institutions. Please note that there is an extra charge for this trip.

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