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Art History and Museum Curating MA

Art History and Museum Curating MA

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art History Art Curation Museum Studies / Museology

Course type


Course Summary

Gain the skills to join the exciting world of museums, galleries and the cultural heritage sector.

You’ll work with academics who have relationships with museums across the UK and direct experience of curating exhibitions and permanent collections in the museums and galleries sector. Our long-standing partnerships with local and national museums and collections include:

  • the National Portrait Gallery
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • the National Trust
  • Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Charleston.

You’ll also learn from museum professionals. In the past this has included senior staff from the V&A, the Science Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

You’ll explore the history, theory and politics of art institutions and build a critical framework for the practice of curating. You visit museums in Sussex and in London, allowing you to learn first-hand about institutional histories, collections, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions.


You gain knowledge about objects and collections, and develop a critical awareness of museum practices.

You develop communication and project management skills. These skills provide the practical and theoretical foundation for careers in:

  • museums
  • galleries
  • heritage at curatorial level
  • the cultural sector more broadly.


This module builds on the work from Museum Skills I. It introduces you to a range of further skills and issues in museum practice, both through seminar teaching and site visits and discussion. Areas to be covered will include exhibitions (how curators put an exhibition together, the role of an Education Department in disseminating different learning styles); the historical and political contexts of museums and how this affects display; how museums work on a practical level; and the museum as a research resource (collection databases, archives and stores, and accessions and policies).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.