Five courses for visual arts professionals

  • 29 January 2014

Looking to start a career in the visual arts? Or seeking that next step as a museum professional? We've chosen five courses to launch you towards that perfect job.

1. Careers in the Visual Arts courses
Whitechapel Gallery

The Whitechapel Gallery, which has developed a range of courses for visual arts professionals in partnership with the Art Fund

The Whitechapel Gallery, which has developed a range of courses for visual arts professionals in partnership with the Art Fund

Already a museum professional but looking to learn some new skills? Developed in partnership with the Art Fund, these Whitechapel Gallery courses are for curators and other museum professionals looking to broaden their skill-set by training in an area that may not directly relate to their current role. The Art Fund is offering five fully-funded places on each of the four courses – apply by Friday 7 February for your chance to secure a place.

2. Principles of Fundraising in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector


Goldsmiths has teamed up with Arts & Business to deliver this short course exploring the skills, knowledge and expertise required for arts fundraising and development. Focusing on private sector investment, how to identify and approach companies, and creating grassroots support through membership schemes, this is a perfect course for anyone looking to develop a career raising funds for the arts.

​3. Graduate Diploma in Arts Management

Birkbeck is Britain's only university specialising in evening study, and their one-year part-time graduate diploma in Arts Management gives a broad foundation for anyone pursuing a career in the arts. Divided into three compulsory modules covering arts management and policy, developing arts projects and understanding audiences, the course is a great step towards a career in curatorial or management positions in museums and galleries.

​4. Practical Curating
Leeds College of Art

This intense three-day course from the college that produced Damien Hirst and Barbara Hepworth looks at all aspects of curating and installing an exhibition of contemporary art. The course follows the installation of a live exhibition of work by Californian artist Deth P. Sun, overseen by the college's exhibitions officer, Terry Jones. Participants will help install the exhibition themselves, working on a real international show as an equal member of the curatorial team, with extra time for talks and opportunities to learn all about curation.

​5. Introduction to Curating
University of the Arts, London

Looking to take the first step towards being a curator? This four-week course led by artist and curator Jeremy Akerman introduces the basic framework of curating, covering areas including contemporary art and artists, museums and galleries, and working in both the private and public sectors. The course features discussions considering historical models and building scale model proposals, practical instruction on writing, budgets, fundraising and more, and culminates in students building a group exhibition at the Central Saint Martins studios.

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