MA Curating the Art Museum

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MA Curating the Art Museum
MA Curating Exhibition
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MA Curating 4
MA Curating exhibition 3
MA Curating Exhibition
GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
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GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
MA Curating 4
GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
MA Curating exhibition 3
GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
MA Curating Exhibition
GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
ma curating
GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
MA Curating 4
GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
MA Curating exhibition 3
GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place, MA Curating exhibition, 2019
MA Curating Exhibition
ma curating
MA Curating 4
MA Curating exhibition 3

Course Overview

This programme is an excellent entry point for a career in museums and galleries. It puts the physical object at the heart of curatorial training and places specialist knowledge firmly within the context of the modern museum. The course offers a wide range of learning environments and exercises, from taught seminars to group projects and hands-on work experience, and encourages a wide range of expression, written and oral, from academic writing to public debates and gallery talks.

This broad-based programme, which has run since 2007, attracts students with a range of interests, across all periods and media, and maintains a strong focus on contemporary and innovative approaches to curating in public museums and galleries.  The programme’s teaching draws widely on the expertise of members of the art history faculty, the conservation department and The Courtauld Gallery, and benefits from close relations and excellent connections with museums and galleries across London, the UK, and internationally. Curators and other professionals at Tate and the National Gallery are actively involved in the programme, leading a practical exercise on Virtual Display.  Individual placements, a central element in the year’s programme, are arranged for each student with museums and galleries in London: students work closely with mentors in a range of national museums, public galleries and other organisations in London, one or two days a week over a six-month period.

The programme places a strong emphasis on collaborative working, in taught sessions and in student-organised museum debates; field trips, in the UK and Europe, are organised across the year to ensure the widest contact with curators, museum professionals and artists, as well as with exhibitions, displays and museum spaces. The programme culminates with a student-led collaborative exhibition project, and the mounting of a public exhibition and related events.

Key Facts

Status: Full-time

Location: Vernon Square Kings Cross, London WC1X 9EP (during The Courtauld Connects project)

Duration: 1 year (12 months, October – September)

Awarding Body: University of London

Intake: 12 students per year

Initial Application Deadline: 15 January 2019

Open Days and Campus tours

Entry Requirements

UK qualifications: Students will normally have achieved a good 2.1 in their Bachelor’s degree, considered to be an overall average 65% or above.

Overseas qualification: Equivalent to a good 2.1 in a UK first degree (e.g. US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above).

If you hold a qualification from outside of the UK, please contact the Admissions Team at pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Personal Statement: You will be asked to provide a statement of up to 600 words detailing your reasons for applying for the course, supplying any information and experiences relevant to your application.

Interviews: Selected applicants will be asked for interview before offers are made.

English language requirements: If your first language is not English, we require proof of English language proficiency –please see the English Language Requirements page.

Teaching & Programme Structure

Term 1:

  • Ethics and practice of Conservation (five sessions)
  • History and Theory of Museums (eight sessions, seminars and museum visits; essay).
  • Virtual Display exercise: four sessions, with a professional curator, at the National Gallery or Tate Britain
  • Contemporary Approaches to the Museum (eight seminars and visits, over Terms 1 and 2; essay)
  • Individual Work Placement in a London museum or gallery, 1 or 2 days per week, from November to April.

Term 2:

  • Development of an Exhibition project (from December).
  • Language and Interpretation (10 sessions, seminars, visits and group exercises).
  • Student- organised public Museum debate.

Term 3:

  • Continuing development and delivery of the exhibition project (exhibition runs mid-June to mid-July).
  • Leadership session with a prominent museum director or curator.
  • Four-day study trip to Europe (museum and gallery visits, meetings with curators and museum directors).
  • 10,000-word Dissertation on a curatorial or museological subject (from June; submission mid- September).
Assessment

The MA Curating the Art Museum is formally assessed on:

  • Two 4,000 word essays (one each in terms 1 and 2)
  • Exhibition project
  • A 10,000-word dissertation
  • Placements are assessed pass/fail based on mentor’s report following self-reflective report written by the student
Careers & Employability

The programme aims to address a wide range of interests and equip students with the expertise, research and professional skills for an equally wide range of career paths.

Over 140 students have graduated from the Programme to date; around 90% of them have progressed within the museum and gallery sector, in a variety of curatorial and management roles as well as in Public programmes, marketing and development; some enter private galleries or practise independently, while others go on to further research in the fields of curating or art history.

Fees & Funding

Fees are subject to change each academic year. 2020/21 fee information, including what qualifies as home, EU, and overseas fees, can be found here.

Financial support for your studies:

Postgraduate Master’s Loan: Please visit the Student Finance England website for further information and to apply online.

Courtauld Institute of Art Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit combined with financial need. The average postgraduate scholarship awarded in 2019/20 was £6,000. Applications are welcomed from Home, EU and Overseas students applying to or currently studying in 2020/21.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme: This scheme is open to any graduate of The Courtauld Institute of Art admitted to a taught postgraduate programme of study. Recipients will receive a 10% loyalty discount off their tuition fee for the duration of the course.

Further information about loans, grants, and bursaries to support you during your studies at The Courtauld can be found here.

Support

To support you through the degree, we offer:

Wellbeing: We have a dedicated Wellbeing team, with counsellors and advisors.

Academic Skills: The academic skills tutor offers group and one-to-one help to develop the skills and confidence you need to succeed on the degree. We also have two Royal Literary Fund fellows who will help you with your writing skills – concentrating on how to structure and improve your writing.

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