We aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish or progress your successful career working in art museums or galleries.
Working in collaboration with our key partners - Hatton Gallery and Laing Art Gallery - you will curate a public-facing group exhibition and organise and deliver a programme of public activities and learning events, designed to provide you with an unparalleled experience and a professional edge.
The course encourages a hands-on approach and involves major input from a range of art museum and gallery professionals from the region and beyond. This includes those involved in independent initiatives, national art collections, and internationally significant exhibitions.
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 either on the Newcastle campus or off-site at our partner venues (the Hatton Gallery or the Laing Art Gallery) and includes:
•seminars and practical sessions
You will also go on study visits to venues such as:
•BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art
•Laing Art Gallery
•Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Dr Emma Coffield and Iain Wheeldon lead the course and they will work closely with you throughout your time with us. Emma 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.
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.
See Programme information in our online Prospectus.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months beforehand.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
PGDip - full time: 9 months, part time: 18 months MA - full time: 12 months, part-time: 24 months
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in:
You don't have to have a full degree in an art-related subject, but you should have studied modules in:
•art theory and/or fine art
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.
If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in writing).
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