Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies)

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

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM201
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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

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


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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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.


The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring.

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