This course looks at the way that museums, galleries and other cultural institutions are changing to meet the needs of the 21st century. The MA has been designed for students who wish to work as curators, arts organisers, museum professional and other cultural managers and who want to know in particular how these institutions face contemporary issues. It looks at the changing role of cultural provision and how agencies, festivals and flexible organisations shape, house, fund, and disseminate culture today. The course also gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the contemporary debates about working practices in cultural institutions, and the changing context in which organisations operate.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
You will choose five modules from the list of optional modules below.
Current Issues in Museum and Gallery Studies
Major Research Project
Art Museums and Contemporary Culture
Collecting Today: Curating, Presenting and Managing Collections
Curating Contemporary Art
Education, Learning and Events
Online Museums and Galleries
Representing World Cultures
You will normally be required to have a good first degree or equivalent.
Applications from mature candidates with demonstrable relevant work experience and relevant professional qualifications are welcomed. In these cases, you may be required to undertake a written entrance test in the form of a short 1,500-word essay, and may also be required to assemble a work experience portfolio (consisting of testimonials, job descriptions etc).
If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.5 in each other element.
Graduates will have the skills to work in a variety of positions in the cultural sector, including in the post of a curator, consultant, arts and media strategists and advisers, funding officers or education and interpretation officers.
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