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

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM201
    Enquiries Future Students team

    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

    Not an international applicant?

    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
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    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)
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $27,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $37,000

    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

    Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.
  • Related Degrees

  • Further Information

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020