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MAArt History and Curating

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. This unique programme enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to conduct original research into art objects, to understand at first hand the history, theory and contemporary practice of their curation and to disseminate your findings through a public art exhibition and a 15,000-word dissertation

Programme structure

The core components of the programme include the double module ‘Curatorial Practices’ – taught on a weekly basis in the Barber Institute – that provides you with a full range of skills to curate an exhibition, and two single modules, ‘Research Training and Methods’ module which will help you to develop essential research skills, and ‘Criticism and Methods in the History of Art and Visual Culture’ which provides a theoretical foundation for your studies.

The programme also offers you the flexibility to select a further two options from a range of complimentary practical, theoretical and historical modules. These include: a 12-week placement with a local gallery, auction house or other commerical arts organisation set up on your behalf; the application of digital technologies in art history; the theory of exhibitions; aesthetics and the philosophy of art. As a result, this unique programme will provide you with the knowledge, experience and employability skills invaluable to museum and academic sectors whilst enabling you to establish professional networks in both.

You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation, supported through one-to-one tutorials with your academic supervisor

Career opportunities

Over the past five years, 100% of History of Art postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many graduates enter occupations relating to gallery and museum curatorship, management and research; others pursue careers in academia.

Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Barber Institute of Fine Arts;
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery;
Bodleian Library;
National Portrait Gallery;
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists;
University of Birmingham;
Victoria and Albert Museum

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States