Course summary

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.

Course structure

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.

Core modules

  • Current Issues in Museum and Gallery Studies
  • Major Research Project

Option modules

  • Art Museums and Contemporary Culture
  • Collecting Today: Curating, Presenting and Managing Collections
  • Curating Contemporary Art
  • Education, Learning and Events
  • Exhibiting Photography
  • London Museums
  • Museum Narratives
  • Online Museums and Galleries
  • Representing World Cultures
  • Work Placement

Entry Requirements

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.

Careers

Career path

Graduates will have the skills to work in a variety of positions in the cultural sector, including in the post of curator, consultant, arts and media strategists and advisers, funding officers or education and interpretation officers.

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Program taught in:
English

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part-time
Full-time
Price
14,500 GBP
international - UK/EU: £8,000 (per academic year)
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