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History of Art with Collections Management (MA)

History of Art with Collections Management (MA)

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Study mode

Part time

Duration

2 years

Start date

04-OCT-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art History Arts / Culture Administration Management (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our MA History of Art with Collections Management will absorb you in the rich and dynamic discipline of the history of art as well as preparing you with the skills and experience you need for the museum workplace with an intensive skills-based Collections Management module.

You will gain a solid grasp of the key issues and fundamental skills involved in collections management and an insight into the different working practices of various museums and galleries. During an intensive week studying current issues and practices in collections management you will benefit from meeting curators and collections managers in London's museum and galleries sector, and engage in hands-on activities including documentation, cataloguing and issuing loan requests.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a 10-week supervised work placement in one of London's thriving museums, galleries or archives. Previous work placements have been offered at the Tate, British Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and Horniman Museum. Past students have documented collections that were previously uncatalogued, helped design and run schools programmes, conducted visitor research and assisted curators in producing exhibitions. There is also the option to join our study trips, offered each spring. Cities visited in the last few years include Florence, Paris, Venice, Vienna, Rome, Berlin and Moscow.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, media and education. Possible professions include museum/gallery curator, arts administrator, or advertising account executive. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker, multimedia specialist, or higher education lecturer.

Modules

Collections management lies at the heart of museum practice today. On this short intensive course you will be introduced to its core principles, including acquisition, registration, cataloguing, basic object care, storage and access. The course will be delivered over a five-day period: classroom learning will take place each morning, followed in the afternoon by visits to a range of museum and gallery collections across London. You will have the opportunity to meet a range of professional registrars and collections managers, and to critically reflect upon some of the key challenges facing the profession today.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£4,410

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,010

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above). For students with a degree in a subject outside the arts and humanities, the one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research students with a...more

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