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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

This programme is an excellent entry point for a career in museums and galleries. It puts the physical object at the heart of curatorial training whilst placing specialist knowledge firmly within the context of the contemporary museum. The course offers a wide range of learning environments and exercises, from taught seminars to group projects and hands-on work experience, and encourages a wide range of expression, written and oral, from academic writing to public debates and gallery talks.

This broad-based programme, which has run since 2007, attracts students with a range of interests, across all periods and media, with a strong focus on contemporary and innovative approaches to curating in public museums and galleries. The programme’s teaching draws widely on the expertise of the art history faculty, the conservation department and The Courtauld Gallery, and benefits from close relations and excellent connections with museums and galleries across London and the UK, and internationally. Curators and other professionals in museums are actively involved in the programme, leading practical exercises such as the Virtual Display. Individual placements are arranged for each student with museums and galleries in London: students work closely with mentors in a range of national museums, public galleries and other organisations in London, one or two days a week over a six-month period. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative working, in taught sessions and in the organisation of museum debates; field trips, in the UK and Europe, may be organised across the year (conditions permitting) to ensure the widest contact with curators, museum professionals and artists, as well as with exhibitions, displays and museum spaces. The programme culminates in a collaborative exhibition project, and the mounting of a public exhibition and related public events.

The programme aims to address a wide range of interests and equip students with the expertise, research and professional skills for an equally wide range of career paths. Over 150 students have graduated from the programme to date; around 90% of them have progressed within the museum and gallery sector, in a variety of curatorial and management roles as well as in Learning, Marketing and Development. Some enter private galleries or practise independently, while others go on to further research in the fields of curating or art history.

Assessment

The MA Curating the Art Museum is formally assessed on:

  • Two 4,000 word essays (one each in semester 1 and 2)
  • Exhibition project
  • A 10,000-word dissertation
  • Placements are assessed pass/fail based on mentor’s report following self-reflective report written by the student

Careers and Employability

The programme aims to address a wide range of interests and equip students with the expertise, research and professional skills for an equally wide range of career paths.

Tuition fees

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£ 25,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

  • Campus address

    Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, The Courtauld, Vernon Square, London, Camden, WC1X 9EW, England

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