Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM201
CRICOS 094061J

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions.

Curate a career you’re passionate about

Curatorial expertise demands curiosity, a great eye, intellectual creativity, and a broad suite of practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in the history of art and visual cultures.

Our Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies) is delivered in cooperation with the Art Gallery of South Australia and other Australian cultural organisations. We give you the specialised training and networks needed to thrive in the global museum and gallery sector.

What will you do?

  • Learn about collection and exhibition development.
  • Research, document and interpret images and objects.
  • Explore issues of conservation and heritage.
  • Build skills in museum and gallery management.
  • Complete two minor research projects.
  • Undertake a four-week internship in a state or national institution.
  • Gain experience with databases and digital tools used in cultural organisations.
  • Learn about public programs, marketing, copyright and registration.

Where could it take you?

You might be a program manager for a living arts festival. You could develop an innovative concept for an international exhibition or discover the work of an emerging contemporary artist. Perhaps you’ll travel the world collecting unique pieces for a national body.

 

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM201
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0 OR Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Art History with a minimum GPA of 6.0.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM201

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 094061J
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0 OR
    Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Art History with a minimum GPA of 6.0.

    Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for direct entry may be eligible for a packaged offer to the Graduate Diploma in Art History leading to the Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) (conditional upon achieving a GPA of 6.0 in the Graduate Diploma in Art History)

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $26,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates have built successful careers in national and international museums and galleries as curators and related professional roles in public programs, publications, registration, copyright, and collection management.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    Art Gallery Education Officer, Art Historian, Curator

  • Degree Structure

    This program is offered jointly by the University of Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia. You will be introduced to art history and undertake an in-depth study of four courses in art history. You will then undertake two courses in Curatorial and Museum Studies which are taught in the Art Gallery around objects in the collection, and at the University. 

    The Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years. 

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies), you will complete a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 48 units.

    Core Courses
    Choose 6 units from the following: 
    ARTH 7005 Interrogating Australian Colonial Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7016OL Contemporary Australian Art (6 units)*
    ARTH 7011 Modern Australian Art (6 units)
    Please note: not all courses are offered each year

    Research Dissertation
    Complete a research dissertation to the value of 18 units. 
    All of the following courses must be completed:
    ARTH 7007 Curatorial Research Project Minor Dissertation (6 units)
    ARTH 7013 Curatorial and Museum Studies (6 units)
    ARTH 7014 Curatorial and Museum Exhibition Project (6 units)

    Work Based Training/Extra Mural Studies
    Complete an internship of 4 weeks or 20 days.
    ARTH 7006 Art Museum Internship (6 units)

    Elective Courses
    Choose elective courses to the value of 18 units form the following (not already completed as a core course):
    ARTH 7003 Art History Research Project: Digital Curation (6 units)
    ARTH 7005 Interrogating Australian Colonial Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7016OL Contemporary Australian Art (6 units)*
    ARTH 7008 Studies in Contemporary Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7009 Studies in Australian Indigenous Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7009OL Studies in Australian Indigenous Art (6 units)*
    ARTH 7010 Studies in Modern Art (6 units)
    ARTH 7010OL Studies in Modern Art (6 units)*
    ARTH 7011 Modern Australian Art (6 units)
    Please note: not all courses are offered each year

    *OL courses are offered online
    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 Art History course Elective
    ARTH 7006
    Art Museum Internship
    Elective
    Year 2 ARTH 7007
    Curatorial Research Project
    Minor Dissertation
    ARTH 7013
    Curatorial and Museum Studies
    Elective ARTH 7014
    Curatorial and Museum
    Exhibition Project
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019