M.A. Art Gallery and Museum Studies

The University of Manchester

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,077 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,290 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) has been taught at The University of Manchester for over 40 years and our alumni have reached senior positions in museums and galleries throughout the UK and overseas. Today, the AGMS is continually being reviewed and developed in response to new research and shifts in museum practice. Throughout the degree, you will examine diverse of museum theory and practice, visit museums, galleries and cultural organisations, and have many opportunities to discuss ideas and issues with professionals and academics in the field.

AGMS is a modular degree with core and optional elements totaling to 180 credits. Core and options courses combine to make 120 credits with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.

Contents

Semester 1

Full-time students take two core course: `The Museum and its Contexts', and `Museums Objects and Exhibitions' (each 30 credits). These core courses are designed to introduce you to key issues and ideas in museum practice and approaches to the study and analysis of museums.

Semester 2

Semester two option courses build on the knowledge you have gained in semester one and enable you to develop expertise in a particular area of curating (eg art, archaeology or ethnography) or museum practice (eg museum learning or management). Full-time students choose two option course (each 30 credits). These may include:

* Museum and Gallery Curating - with specialised routes on:
* Curating Art
* Curating Archaeology
* Curating Nature and Science
* Curating Ethnography
* Digital Curating
* Museum Policy and Management
* Museums of Conflict and Conscience
* Creative Learning: Arts, Heritage and Education [jointly withMA Arts Management, Policy and Practice]
* Enhanced Work Placement

Dissertation (Semester 2 and Summer)

The MA concludes with a dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of your choice, agreed in conjunction with your dissertation supervisor. Dissertation planning and supervision takes place in Semester 2 and you continue with your independent writing over the summer.

Special features Work Placement (Semesters 1 and 2)

One of the most popular aspects of the AGMS is the work placement that you undertake in a museum or gallery. Each placement involves a minimum of 20 days work on a specific project, such as exhibition developmoent, collections management, or education programme. Many students find this such a positive experience that they carry on working in their museum when the work placement has finished, and each year a few students are offered jobs by their placement hosts. Work placements can be carried out during semester 1 and/or 2, but must be completed by June. You can take the work placement either as a non-credit bearing course OR as an enhanced 30-credit option course. Students who do the former also take two option courses in Semester 2. Students, who do the latter, take one more option course in Semester 2.

Module details Work Placement (Semesters 1 and 2)

One of the most popular aspects of the AGMS is the work placement that you undertake in a museum or gallery. Each placement involves a minimum of 20 days work on a specific project, such as exhibition developmoent, collections management, or education programme. Many students find this such a positive experience that they carry on working in their museum when the work placement has finished, and each year a few students are offered jobs by their placement hosts. Work placements can be carried out during semester 1 and/or 2, but must be completed by June. You can take the work placement either as a non-credit bearing course OR as an enhanced 30-credit option course. Students who do the former also take two option courses in Semester 2. Students, who do the latter, take one more option course in Semester 2.

Requirements

Full entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview: For this programme, you are usually expected to hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a related subject. Applicants should also have experience of working in a museum or gallery.

English language: If your first language is not English, you need a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS test or 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test (250 computer-based), or the Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grades A-C) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grades A-C).

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

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