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Culture, Criticism and Curation (Hons)

University of the Arts London (UAL)

36 months
22920 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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The BA Culture, Criticism and Curation (Hons) program at the University of the Arts London (UAL) offers a wide-ranging arts education which embraces design, fine art, architecture, fashion, film, performance and literature.

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Course overview

The Culture, Criticism and Curation (Hons) program at the University of the Arts London (UAL)   provides you with a broad humanities-based education in the arts. On this course, you will explore the breadth of contemporary cultural theory and practices, covering a range of disciplines. These include theory of art, design, architecture, fashion, film, performance, media and literature. You will work independently and with your peers, as well as visit external museums, galleries and archives. 

Critical thinking, research, communication and problem-solving are at the heart of the course. These areas underpin written assignments, presentations and projects. Over three years, you will work on curatorial projects and produce academic and journalistic writing. You will develop your knowledge and skills, so you can seek work after graduation in the expansive fields of criticism and curation. This may include roles in galleries, museums, archives, theatre, arts and heritage management, the media or teaching.  

On BA Culture, Criticism and Curation, the term curation refers to the skills required to curate exhibitions, including historical research and the contextualisation of art practice. It also includes the broader meaning of curating as applied to arts events organisation – from planning film festivals to local street events. You will also be asked to consider how to communicate narratives and ideas when curating or planning. Criticism relates to the history and theory of arts criticism as well as the critical thinking at the heart of cultural practices. Developing these skills will help you progress as critics, arts organisers, writers and teachers.  

Through the teaching of the BA Culture, Criticism and Curation team, you will encounter a varied range of approaches. Some tutors come from academic backgrounds, while others work in journalism, curation, exhibition design and events management. Several also teach on the MA Culture, Criticism and Curation course, a number are PhD supervisors while others are PhD students. Some tutors also have close external relations which benefit the course – for example with the Guardian Media Group, the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery.  

Programme Structure

Stage 1

  • Unit 2: Aspects of Culture 1: The Long 19th Century
  • Unit 3: Journalistic Writing 1
  • Unit 4: Aspects of Culture 2: The 20th Century
  • Unit 5: Curating 1: A Curatorial Tool Kit
  • Unit 6: Aspects of Culture 3: The Contemporary
Stage 2
  • Unit 7: Elective 1
  • Unit 8: Aspects of Culture 4: Interrogating Histories
  • Unit 9: Curating 2: Useable Pasts
  • Unit 10: Aspects of Culture 5: Contemporary Cultural Theories
  • Unit 11: Journalistic Writing 2: Multimedia
  • Unit 12: Critical Cultural Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • Three A Levels at grade B or above (two of which are in essay-based humanities subjects such as History, History of Art, English Literature, Philosophy, Government and Politics, Classical Studies)
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4) and 2 A Levels at Grade C or above (one of which is in an essay-based humanities subject such as History, History of Art, English Literature, Philosophy, Government and Politics, Classical Studies)
  • Equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
And five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

Tuition Fee

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    9250 GBP/year
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Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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