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Masters degrees in Curatorial Studies help postgraduates develop the skills needed to successfully select and arrange a collection of significant artefacts. Working for gallery or museum, this can encompass anything from works of art through to design pieces and historical objects.
Curatorial Studies is closely related to a number of other subjects and specialisms, including Museology (the study of museums), Art History, Philosophy of Art and Museum Management.
A Masters in Curatorial Studies sets you up perfectly for a career in the arts, history or design. Many courses give you the chance to take part in a work placement or an internship with a cultural institution, allowing you to develop valuable, real-world experience of the area.
Depending on the course, you could be able to specialise in a variety of different aspects of curation. For example, you might focus on public engagement, film archives or site-specific contexts. In some cases, you may even be able to put on your own exhibition as part of the course.
As well as the obvious destinations like museums, galleries and public / private collections, you could forge a career in heritage, publishing or research, among other possibilities.
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The Master of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice program offers graduate students an exceptional opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary art, media and design through engagement with history, theory and criticism within curatorial practice. Read more
The University of San Francisco offers a unique master’s degree in Museum Studies where students prepare for leadership positions in artistic, cultural, and heritage organizations that operate in a constantly changing social dynamic. Read more
Are you interested in the profession of curator? And are you looking for a programme that offers the practical experience necessary to pursue a successful curatorial career? Then apply to our programme! In addition to offering courses in curatorial practice and theory, Curatorial Studies in Art History provides excellent students with an internship in a museum in the Netherlands or abroad. Read more
The prestigious Master's in History of Design and Curatorial Studies , which Parsons offers in conjunction with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, brings an object-focused, practice-based approach to the study of European and American decorative arts and design dating from the Renaissance to the present. Read more
Critical and Curatorial Studies (CCST) is an emerging field of scholarship and training that looks directly at the roles and responsibilities of curators and critics as mediators between objects, institutions, experiences, individuals and groups. Read more
The MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Art History. The MLitt is aimed at students wanting to start a career in museum or gallery work, or for those looking for a mid-career change. Read more
Every student is placed within one of our partner institutions alongside a curator who will mentor the student through the year. Our industry partners are all renowned creative and cultural organisations. Read more
The interdisciplinary museum and field studies program is administered by the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, in conjunction with the departments of anthropology; history; art history; ecology and evolutionary biology; and geological sciences; as well as other departments. Read more
This course will enable you to develop an independent academic and curatorial practice at the intersection of art, museum studies, and social studies of science and communication. Read more