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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum): What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Sarah Pennington

Name: Sarah Pennington
Course: Curating Contemporary Design MA
Graduated: 2013
Current position: Sarah is currently a Design Research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.

For the second year running a curating student has won the AHRC scholarship to support professional practice MA study. In 2011 the award was made to Dani Admiss and for 2012 Sarah Pennington was the successful recipient.

Sarah has been working in Interaction Design for more than ten years, primarily in practice-led research environments at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London. She brings a diverse range of skills and experience to the curating course. Most recently, Sarah has been focusing on communication of interaction design and has been involved in innovative projects that have brought art, design, technology, and the audience together in meaningful ways. This is an area of practice that Sarah is hoping to explore and develop through the Curating Contemporary Design MA.

The award pays full fees and £10,000 grant.


Name: Matthew Turtle
Graduated: 2012
Current position: Freelance curator

"It has been very interesting to explore the anthropology behind the curator and the subtle changes the whole profession has undergone. As a history graduate, the whole question really appealed to me and I really enjoyed writing it. The course is very good at facilitating your own interests and specialisms – that's for sure. Since taking the course I have gone on to manage major London events including COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery for the Crafts Council and Open House London weekend, London's largest architectural showcase."


Feng Sun

Name: Feng Sun (Sino-British Fellowship Trust Scholarship holder)
Course: Curating Contemporary Design MA
Graduated: 2010
Current position: Curator and project director at China International Exhibition Agency

"As a Sino-British Scholarship holder, I have found the Curating Contemporary Design MA a wonderful experience. I am enjoying working in a team; learning more about art and culture administration; visiting the splendid museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions in London; and developing future cooperation opportunities between the UK and China.

"I am very grateful for the Sino-British Scholarship, which has given me an amazing opportunity to acquire new ideas, improve my professional practice, enhance my curating skills and develop the career that I have always wanted.

"There is an unprecedented enthusiasm in both China and the UK at the moment to develop contemporary culture and reinforce collaborations with the rest of the world. Everyone who has experienced the history and culture of these two great countries would feel a responsibility to enhance it. With the platform established by the Sino-British Trust, I believe that communication between our cultures will be strengthened."


Raphael Chikukwa

Name: Raphael Chikukwa (Zimbabwean curator and Chevening scholar)
Course: Curating Contemporary Design MA
Graduated: 2006
Current position: Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

"As an African curator, I see the experience as a new chapter for our two communities - to link up the international community. Art and artists from Africa are sorely under represented and marginalised in the UK, a situation that Kingston University is working to change. I hope to develop on-going projects with the staff to strengthen the relationship between our two countries to enrich the future for both.

"In my experience, Kingston University gives you the opportunity to interact with many talented creatives from around the world. I have met so many new friends and colleagues at Kingston School of Art and in other faculties across the University."


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