University of the Arts London
Culture, Criticism and Curation BA (Hons)
University of the Arts London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

BA Culture, Criticism and Curation offers a wide-ranging arts education which embraces museums, design, fine art, architecture, fashion, film, performance and literature. The course promotes the idea that culture – an intentionally broad and contested term – ¬is the key starting point for practices of criticism and curation. It is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme.

BA Culture, Criticism and Curation 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.

About Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college which brings together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof. It is known for breaking new ground and asking difficult questions. Across nine programmes of study, the College champions the power of imagination, curiosity, diligence, ambition and risk-taking. It challenges the cores of its disciplines, encouraging collision and exchange across boundaries to create unexpected outcomes. It aspires to give students the confidence to unearth ideas and formations that might provoke and disturb accepted norms. The Central Saint Martins community is dedicated to constantly discovering new ways of thinking, making and doing.

Situated in King’s Cross, Central Saint Martins sits at the heart of a dynamic part of London: Google, The Guardian, Tom Dixon, Universal Music, Camden Council and many others are both neighbours and partners. Students are empowered by the College’s world-class teaching, technical and support staff as well as inspired by their individual practices and industry experience.

Central Saint Martins is often recognised for its academic excellence. In 2017, the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the College was named best provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings in 2016 and 2017 consecutively.

Courses sit within nine programmes: Access and Progression to Higher Education; Art; Culture and Enterprise; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery, Textiles and Materials; Performance; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; and Spatial Practices.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 22 graduates of Culture, Criticism and Curation BA (Hons) at University of the Arts London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Fine Art Conservation.

Overall student satisfaction
41 /100
22 total respondents

Salary

Salary of all UK Graduates of Fine Art Conservation

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19906 £16208 £19018
25-75 percentile range £16028 - £23981 £11191 - £20615 £13612 - £24801

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Culture, Criticism and Curation, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

TBC

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of the Arts London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Culture, Criticism and Curation BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of the Arts London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of the Arts London in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #5 
    • #6 
    Art
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Art & Design
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #23 
    • #32 
    Art & Design
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of University of the Arts London

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About University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London is the collective name of a group consisting of six colleges specialised in the Arts. These institutions include Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Wimbledon College of Arts, London College of Communication, Chelsea College of Arts, and Camberwell College of Arts.

Where is this programme taught

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