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We aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish or progress your successful career working in art museums or galleries. You will gain unparalleled experience and a competitive professional edge by curating group exhibitions or organising and delivering complex education and learning events in high-profile public venues.We aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish or progress your successful career working in art museums or galleries. You will gain unparalleled experience and a competitive professional edge by curating group exhibitions or organising and delivering complex education and learning events in high-profile public venues.

The course encourages a hands-on approach and involves major input by art museum and gallery professionals from the region and beyond. This input ranges from those who work in small, independent contemporary galleries to those who curate national art collections and internationally significant exhibitions.

Delivery:

The course covers all aspects of art museum and gallery work and we use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you achieve your learning objectives. This includes a large proportion of guided independent study. The scheduled contact time takes place on the Newcastle campus and includes:

•lectures

•seminars and practical sessions

•workshops

You will also go on study visits to venues such as:

•BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art

•Laing Art Gallery

•Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Professor Chris Whitehead and Iain Wheeldon lead the course and they will work closely with you throughout your time with us. Chris and Iain are also responsible for supervising MA dissertations.

The academic year usually starts in late September with Welcome Week. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience. This means you will have a mixture of taught modules and work-based placements.

You will take five compulsory modules, with a further choice of two possible pathways. Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time course, but spread over a longer period.

Placements:

Work placements or work related-projects are usually off campus. You will have the opportunity to complete a placement in a suitable gallery, museum, or heritage site. This could be either 12 days long or 6 weeks long, depending on which pathway you chose in Semester 2.

Facilities:

You have access to top quality facilities within Media, Culture and Heritage and across the University.

•The Great North Museum: Hancock, located on campus, houses the collections that previously made up the Hancock Museum, the Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology (an internationally-renowned collection of over 1,000 Greek and Etruscan artefacts), and the Museum of Antiquities.

•The Hatton Gallery, located on campus, has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since the early 20th century.

•Range of libraries and eResources.

•The Language Resource Centre is a specialist language facility providing free access to self-study materials in 50 languages.

•Computing facilities with access to relevant databases and over 1,400 fully networked PCs.

•The Gertrude Bell Archive

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Started in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.

Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

See online Prospectus.

English Language Requirements

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Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in:
•fine art
•craft
•design
•art history

You don't have to have a full degree in an art-related subject, but you should have studied modules in:
•art history
•art theory and/or fine art
•craft
•design

We will also consider your application if you have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request more information. We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

International students:
If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in writing).

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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