MIMA offers first curating apprenticeship degrees

In a ground-breaking move for careers in museums and galleries Middlesbrough’s MIMA School of Art and Design is offering the UK’s first combined masters and higher degree apprenticeship (HAD) in curating.

MIMA, since 2014 part of Teesside University, is opening the course to staff at galleries, museums, libraries and creative organisations who will attend week-long residences in Middlesbrough followed by direct studies online for two or three years. Those without academic qualifications but with relevant experience can apply, and places are fully funded for those supported by their employers in the creative and cultural sector.

The course, designed by the school’s principal lecturer Paul Stewart, himself an artist and curator, Professor Sarah Perks, who is currently researching creativity and nature recovery, and Elinor Morgan, the gallery’s artistic director, consists of three major parts: global critical contexts, collections and access, and curatorial practice.

“This course is unique, not simply because it draws on MIMA’s internationally pioneering work in rethinking what a museum can be for people and place, but also because it draws on Teesside University’s deep mission to ensure social inclusion” said MIMA’s director Laura Sillars.

The new course and the development of apprenticeships is part of MIMA’s commitment to access and social mobility, she said, and this year the institute was named The Times University of the Year for social inclusion.

“Curating has traditionally been an elite sport” she added. “We seek to blow that out of the water and develop a generation of curators who articulate new perspectives and tell alternative histories. In so doing they will shape art and culture in this country in unexpected ways.”  

More information can be found at https://www.tees.ac.uk/postgraduate_courses/art_&_design/ma_curating_(degree_apprenticeship)_.cfm

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