M.A. Art Museum and Gallery Studies (with Specialist Pathways In: Curatorship, and Education), MA; PGDip

Newcastle University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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MA: 12 months full time; 24 months part time PGDip: 9 months full time; 18 months part time (Modules also available on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) basis)

The programme encourages a hands-on approach and involves major input by art museum and gallery professionals from the region and beyond, ranging from those who work in small, independent contemporary galleries to those who curate national art collections or internationally significant exhibitions.
Graduates from this programme can pursue a career in the art museum or gallery sector or conduct further research.
Following the completion of the MA, we also offer the opportunity for a work-based Master in Art Museum and Gallery Practice (MPrac). This is a supervised and mentored work-based placement in an institution, organisation or agency related to art museums or art galleries.

Both specialist pathways have shared compulsory taught modules (including a dissertation) and a tailored eight-week employer-based placement normally in an art museum or gallery.
Curatorship pathway
For this pathway you take two specialist modules in which you will curate an exhibition at the Hatton Gallery: Great North Museum.
Education pathway
This pathway prepares you for the role of art educator and uses a range of pedagogical practices to enable you to work in informal educational settings including museums, galleries, universities, community centres, and other - alternative - educational venues.
You take two specialist modules that culminate in the design and delivery of a student-led educational event hosted by the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Students enrolled on the PGDip complete all the taught modules and the employer-based placement but not the dissertation.


Compulsory modules
Both pathways have shared compulsory taught modules:
ICS8001 Issues and Ideas in Museum, Gallery and Heritage
ICS8002 Management in Museum, Gallery and Heritage
ICS8003 Communication and Interpretation in Museum, Gallery and Heritage
ICS8015 Museum, Gallery and Heritage Placement
ICS8099 Dissertation
Curatorship Pathway
You undertake the following two specialist modules:
ICS8005 Art Curatorship 1: Working with Histories, Objects and Agendas
ICS8006 Art Curatorship 2: Exhibitions and Exhibiting
Education Pathway
You undertake the following two specialist modules:
ICS8022 Art Museum and Gallery Education 1
ICS8023 Art Museum and Gallery Education 2


Normally an upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in Fine Art, Craft, Design or Art History. It is not necessary for you 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 and design.

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

Where applicants have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request additional information, and/or, in some instances, to request you attend an interview (this may be in person, via telephone or Skype).

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking and a minimum of 5.5 in other sub-skills), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent (with a minimum of 54 in speaking and writing and 51 in listening and reading).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

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