Master of Art Programs in Museology

Compare 21 Masters of Arts in Museology

Museology

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.

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MA in Curatorial Practice

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

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. [+]

Studying current theory and history, build your personal curatorial skills and thinking.

Taught by curators, working with a rich group of diverse partner organisations in the sector.

Combines contemporary practice with theory in a flexible approach.

Highlights the roles of audiences, collections and new contexts.

We focus on curating as a contemporary practice, bringing together history, theory and practice. We ask what is it that makes the role of the curator distinct, and how do we understand the essentials of curating, when it has become such a buzzword.

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.... [-]


MA in Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]


M.A. in Art & Museum Studies

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 12 months August 2018 USA Washington DC

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 the 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.... [-]


MA in Art History and Museum Studies

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Medford

Today's museum professionals are creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. They understand collections, audiences, and how to tell stories. They facilitate visitors' understanding of the past, present, and future through interactions with material objects and scholarship using face-to-face encounters and technological tools. [+]

About the Program

Why choose Tufts to prepare for a museum career?

Today's museum professionals are creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. They understand collections, audiences, and how to tell stories. They facilitate visitors' understanding of the past, present, and future through interactions with material objects and scholarship using face-to-face encounters and technological tools.

At Tufts, you'll study with museum professionals who understand this. We operate on the cutting edge of museum practice, combining deep experience with a wider knowledge of issues and trends in the field.

Over the past twenty-five years, our museum studies program has built a strong reputation for helping graduates to develop their careers and hit the ground running in museum jobs.... [-]


MA in Museum and Gallery Practice

UCL Qatar
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Qatar Doha + 1 more

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. [+]

Museum and Gallery Practice MA

AVAILABILITY

Full-time 1 year Part-time 2 years

OVERVIEW

This MA at UCL Qatar equips students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to assume a career as a leading museum professional within Qatar, the wider Gulf region or further afield.

The programme introduces the theories and practices of museology, emphasising their significance and relevance in the Gulf region and beyond. Key areas of musuem studies to be taught include collections management, museum, gallery and site management, exhibition development, contemporary art debates, visual studies, education and emerging digital technologies. Students will develop critical thinking skills and core skills such as documentation and interpretation.... [-]


M.A. in Museum Professions

Seton Hall University College of Communication and the Arts
Campus Full time January 2018 USA South Orange

Museums in the 21st century have become complex, multipurpose organizations. This program is designed to meet their need for professionally trained employees. [+]

Overview

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.... [-]


MA Curatorial Practice

University for the Creative Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

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. [+]

MA Curatorial Practice

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.

With a shared focus on experimental practice and vocational engagement, our course is open to curators, artists, historians, designers, architects and graduates in the humanities. It's been designed to foster new and innovative approaches to curation at an advanced level.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Canterbury

Course overview:

Our MA course explores historical and recent developments within the field of curatorial practice. It provides a means for understanding such strategies in the logistical contexts of art management, commercial and public gallery or museum operations, art fairs, fringe platforms and artist run spaces. ... [-]


MA Museum Studies

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Washington DC

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 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.

Location

Its location in Washington, DC, the museum capital of the world, allows students to gain practical working experience through the program's affiliation with more than 60 museums and cultural organizations.

Quality

The program's reputation for excellence is based on exceptional faculty, a demanding academic curriculum and a strong internship program. More than 800 alumni work in museums, historic sites and houses, federal agencies and related nonprofit organizations all over the world.... [-]


MA Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

MA Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies

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.... [-]


Dual Master in Curating Art and Cultures: Heritage Studies

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Dual Master's in Curating Art and Cultures is a unique professional programme offered jointly by offered the UvA, VU and leading museums in the Netherlands, and is designed to train the curators of the future. [+]

The Dual Master's in Curating Art and Cultures is a unique professional programme offered jointly by offered the UvA, VU and leading museums in the Netherlands, and is designed to train the curators of the future.

The Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures is a unique, two-year programme offered jointly by the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and leading museums and cultural institutions in the Netherlands. The programme is designed to train the curators of the future.

Taking place in both the lecture hall and the exhibition space, the Dual Master’s in Curating Art and Cultures prepares you for a career as a professional curator by strengthening your disciplinary and theoretical foundations, and equipping you with the necessary research skills and practical experience.... [-]


MA Culture, Criticism and Curation

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 45 weeks August 2018 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

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.

Reasons to Apply MA CCC integrates theoretical issues and practical skills, working with concepts and historical objects to consider how potential new knowledge can be presented in the public realm. We ask the most important questions about contemporary culture You will learn to work collaboratively with other students at Central Saint Martins and leading arts and media institutions, as you develop and realise a multi-platform project. The course is committed to rigorous scholarship as well as encouragement of creative and practical skills. We want you to emerge as critical thinkers equipped with the ability to express yourself clearly and innovatively, ready for life in a fast-changing arts environment. Our staff team comprises international academics and practitioners in creative fields who take a hands-on approach to teaching. You will join an exciting community of people integrating research and practice in our Culture and Enterprise Programme, as well as a host of postgraduate programmes on curatorial practice across University of the Arts London. We are situated in the heart of London and in the heart of the world’s leading arts university. In the 21st century, London has re-stated its credentials as a world locus of creativity and academic innovation - from the Tate Gallery to the ‘indie’ shows of the East End; from classical... [-]

Master of Arts in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art - Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA)

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

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. [+]

Note! Master's Programme in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA) will not accept new students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Goal of education

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. We aim to explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledges.

The CuMMA studies give the students the opportunity to learn with and from artists, activists, practitioners and theorists. The content is actively developed in relation to the changing demands of the curatorial and cultural field. We put an emphasis on developing ways to promote each student’s own curatorial, theoretical and educational thinking. Our pedagogical models are based on shared expertise and exploratory learning and are applied in order to create an open, conversational and dialogic space for learning and acting.... [-]


MA Curating Contemporary Art

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

About the Programme

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. For 2017/18, we are introducing new areas of focus in response to the expanded field of curating and the widening professional opportunities for curatorial practice and research in a global context. These will include:

Exhibitions and Programming practice focusses on curating, commissioning and programming within the physical and defined setting of the gallery/museum space providing critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the histories and opportunities within this form of curatorial practice.... [-]


MA in Heritage Education

Bishop Grosseteste University
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Lincoln + 1 more

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.... [-]


MA Curating

University of Kent, School of Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This programme, delivered by School of Arts and specialist visiting lecturers, develops your skills and provides experience relevant to a career in curating. Based at the School of Arts Studio 3 Gallery, you are involved in all aspects of the running of the Gallery. You work closely with partner organisations such as Canterbury museums and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)... [+]

MA Curating

This programme, delivered by School of Arts and specialist visiting lecturers, develops your skills and provides experience relevant to a career in curating.

Based at the School of Arts Studio 3 Gallery, you are involved in all aspects of the running of the Gallery. You work closely with partner organisations such as Canterbury museums and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

Compulsory modules provide an overview of the history of collecting and exhibitions through a series of case studies, taking advantage of our proximity to major London collections. We also cover theoretical issues relating to curating and museology.

You have the opportunity to develop your own project, working within the Gallery’s exhibition programme.... [-]