Introduction This specialist degree provides a high status and professional qualification suitable for graduates wishing to enter the museum profession in Australia or overseas as curators, exhibition organisers or researchers. The degree is run in collaboration with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on the University campus, providing students with direct experience in curatorial research and exhibition presentation in the context of a first-rate modern art gallery.
Course description, features and facilities Students in this course prepare either a fully researched proposal for a major exhibition (at least 5000 words) and a fully publishable professional catalogue including an essay on all works proposed for exhibition (at least another 25,000 words); or a dissertation (at least 30,000 words) on an aspect of museology relevant to curatorial practice; or a detailed publishable catalogue raisonné (up to 30,000 words) of the works of an uncatalogued artist.
Students also complete a placement in a public gallery and prepare a detailed comparative report (up to 5000 words) in relation to this placement.
Structure Extracted from Master of Curatorial Studies in Fine Arts (25770) rules
3. A student must—
(a) present for examination one of the following:
(i) VISA8602 Exhibition Proposal comprising a fully researched proposal for a major exhibition, of at least 5000 words, the content and title of which are proposed by the student and determined by the Board; and VISA8601 Exhibition Catalogue comprising a fully publishable professional catalogue including an essay on all works proposed for exhibition equivalent to at least another 25,000 words; or
(ii) VISA8603 MCur Dissertation comprising a dissertation of at least 30,000 words on an aspect of museology relevant to curatorial practice, the title and subject matter of which must be proposed by the student and have the approval of the Board of the Graduate Research School; or
(b)(i) complete VISA8605 MCur Placement comprising a placement in a public gallery or comparable institution involving at least one day a week for 36 weeks during the course; and
(ii) prepare a detailed comparative report of up to 5000 words in relation to the placement described in (i);
(c) complete VISA8606 Advanced Curatorial Studies comprising such advanced study in relation to curatorial studies as may be required by the Board.
4.(1) A full-time student must submit to the Board for approval within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time, the details of the following components of the course:
(a)(i) VISA8602 Exhibition Proposal; and (ii) VISA8601 Exhibition Catalogue;
The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).
Career opportunities This specialist degree provides a high status and professional qualification suitable for graduates wishing to enter the museum profession in Australia or overseas as curators, exhibition organisers or researchers.
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Recipient: University of Western Australia
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