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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.

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.

The museum offers an introduction to the history of contemporary design, and opportunities to explore the present and future of design through a programme of temporary exhibitions and pop-ups.

In 2019 the Design Museum hosts a range of exhibitions, from the ultimate exploration of Stanley Kubrick's body of work to contemplating human existence on Mars and the storytelling power of architecture, there's something for everyone.

Studio visits and guest speakers

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

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.

International study visits

An international study visit gives you the opportunity to explore another country's visual culture and meet curators and artists working in leading institutions. Previous visits have been to Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam and New York.  Please note that there is an extra charge for this trip.

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Contact our admissions team

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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