It may seem odd to study about places where people study, like museums, but that is partly what students of museology programs do. Earning an MA in museology allows degree holders to run and curate museums and exhibits.
What is an MA in Museology? Since museums are constantly changing and updating, it is crucial for them to employ staff members who understand how to build and maintain both informational and exciting exhibits. In order to keep operating, most museums depend on donations from supporters and from visitors. This means that the quality of the displays is crucial to the future success of the museum in question. Studying museology is a great way to gain the skills needed to keep museums from all disciplines open and functioning.
Almost without exception, museums hire only professionally educated candidates for the top curative and management positions. The best way to receive such an education is by enrolling in a museum studies MA program.
The cost of obtaining an MA in Museum Studies varies significantly from one school to another. Many students find that price is not the biggest issue, but rather the quality of the education is the most important factor when selecting between MA programs.
Graduates with an MA in Museology most often desire to work in museums, and the job market is particularly competitive since the number of museums is somewhat limited. Although many people may think of only art museums as potential places for jobs, holders of an MA in Museology can also find work at zoos, aquariums, universities, national conservatories, children’s museums, and many other institutes of learning.
In order to get the best education possible, interested students must first enroll in a program that caters to their individual needs and skills. One of the best ways to be matched with a perfect museology program is through an online MA search service. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators. [+]
NABA’s two-year MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies is the only program in Europe that combines a solid education in visual arts production with highly specialized curatorial training. [+]
The Museum and Gallery Practice MA at UCL Qatar aims at educating museum and gallery professionals in collections curation and interpretation, following a practice based holistic approach to museum collections and cultural heritage preservation. [+]
Georgetown University’s M.A. degree program in Art and Museum Studies brings the academic study of art museums together with museum practice, and emphasizes the international contexts of museums in the modern world. Through courses, individual research, and internships, students work closely with Georgetown art history faculty, curators, and other museum professionals in Washington DC, and with faculty specialists at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London or New York. [+]
Georgetown University’s M.A. degree program in Art and Museum Studies brings the academic study of art museums together with museum practice, and emphasizes the international contexts of museums in the modern world. Through courses, individual research, and internships, students work closely with Georgetown art history faculty, curators, and other museum professionals in Washington DC, and with faculty specialists at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London or New York.
The twelve-month course of study combines courses in museology and art history with internships at some of Washington’s premier art institutions. We examine the changing relationships between academic study of art and new configurations of museum display and interpretation. Such topics as the roles of museums in modern cultures, museum education programs and audiences, new technologies, collection management, curatorial work and the ethics of acquisition and display are discussed in classes and individual research projects. Our students take part in critical debates about art exhibition and interpretation.... [-]
Museums in the 21st century have become complex, multipurpose organizations. This program is designed to meet their need for professionally trained employees. [+]
Museums in the 21st century have become complex, multipurpose organizations. This program is designed to meet their need for professionally trained employees.
The M.A. program in Museum Professions prepares students for professional careers in museums and other cultural institutions through challenging coursework and concrete experience, melding the theoretical with the practical. Its curriculum is informed by guidelines of the American Association of Museums and the International Council of Museums and aims at developing skills -- in such areas as professional museum work, research, technology, leadership, creative problem solving, and advocacy -- as well as values, including ethical and professional behavior, respect for cultural diversity, and appreciation of the value of museum traditions.... [-]
CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) is a two-year, transdisciplinary major on contemporary art and its publics. It provides a structure for reflection and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere. [+]
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. [+]
Established 25 years ago and led by Professor Victoria Walsh, the MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme is recognised both as an international leader in its field and for its commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice throughout the two years of the curriculum. [+]
Our MA Curatorial Practice course has been developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary. It offers you the opportunity to think about and engage with art and issues of cultural regeneration through curatorial activity. [+]
The Museum Studies Program at GW combines traditional academic training in academic subjects together with museum practices and practical museum experience–a combination that is necessary to begin a successful museum career. [+]
The programme is ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the museum, heritage and arts sectors with a focus on non-Western art and culture, and both tangible and intangible heritage. It will suit practicing museum and heritage professionals who are interested in strengthening their knowledge of contemporary debates in critical museology, critical heritage studies and material culture studies. With its interdisciplinary focus, it will suit students interested in broadening their expertise across anthropology, art history and archaeology. It will also provide an excellent postgraduate foundation for students interested in pursuing PhD research concerned with museums, heritage, and material/visual culture in Asian, African, Middle Eastern and transnational/transcultural contexts. [+]
Duration: Full time one year, part time over 3 years
Entry Requirements: Candidates must normally possess a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent. (E.g. an equivalent bachelors degree from a good US university would have a GPA of 3.3 or above). The programme is interdisciplinary in nature so it is not necessary to have a degree in a discipline directly related to the programme. Each application is assessed on its individual merits and entry requirements may be modified in the light of relevant professional experience, and where the applicant can show a practical commitment to their field of study. Candidates must also be able to provide two supporting references.... [-]
MA Culture, Criticism and Curation offers a unique framework for critically engaging with the history and present scenarios of culture. We create outcomes through which new understandings can be generated through critical writing and expanded forms of curation. [+]
If you are a graduate or industry professional who would like to develop your career or create your own business in the museums and galleries sector, this course is ideal. It teaches creative people the business development, collaborative and entrepreneurial skills to take dreams and good ideas and turn them into a reality. [+]
This is at the cutting edge of heritage education and gives you the opportunity to take part in creative projects, focussed case studies, and applied research. You will consider heritage education and learning in its various forms and in a wide range of local, national and international contexts. [+]
MA in Heritage EducationThis is at the cutting edge of heritage education and gives you the opportunity to take part in creative projects, focussed case studies, and applied research. You will consider heritage education and learning in its various forms and in a wide range of local, national and international contexts. This course will encourage you to work on various sites and alongside specialists and will help you develop the knowledge, skills and networks that will assist you in your future career.The course is delivered flexibly through campus-based and on-line teaching and learning. It is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it. Studies are supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors, and a well-developed and resourced virtual learning environment. You will benefit from other facilities and resources, such as the involvement of the University College in managing the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.This course offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Heritage Education.... [-]
The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery [+]