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Museum Cultures with Curating (MA)

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | 04-OCT-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

04-OCT-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Curation Museum Studies / Museology Cultural Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Museums establish powerful narratives of progress and primitivism, knowledge and ignorance, inclusion and exclusion. Our MA Museum Cultures with Curating combines study of the history and cultural significance of museums with opportunities for professional museum experience.

This MA gives you the chance to acquire key foundational skills in curating and a solid grasp of the related issues. You will benefit from an intensive week studying current issues and practices in curating. You will meet the experts in London museums and galleries and engage in hands-on activities relating to exhibition development, object interpretation and public engagement.

You will also have the opportunity to apply for a 10-week supervised work placement in a museum, gallery or archive. 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.

As well as regular gallery and museum visits, we also offer an exciting study trip abroad every spring.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

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

Read blogs by Danny Birchall, the Wellcome Collection's Digital Manager and Birkbeck student, author and mortician Carla Valentine, who describes how she came to her unusual career and the impact on her work of the MA Museum Cultures.

Modules

The role of the museum or gallery curator has long expanded beyond its traditional focus on the care of objects (the root of the word, ?curare?, meaning to ?take care of?). Today the curator is tasked with a variety of key roles, including the acquisition, interpretation and display of objects. Curators use objects to tell stories; they create exhibitions and communicate with (and shape) audiences.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,820

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,020

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is 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

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more

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