The Master of Art Curatorship was established in 1990, drawing on the advice and support of the arts community and museum sector.
Our comprehensive program incorporates theoretical, historical and practical study units, focusing on the changing role of art museums and arts organisations in collecting, interpreting and exhibiting art. Leading professionals from the Australian art world contribute to teaching programs, as well as the staff of the University’s cultural collections and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, ensuring all knowledge you gain is relevant and contemporary.
100 point program
1 year full-time
an honours degree in a cognate discipline with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent; or
an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent, and at least two years documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.
150 point program
1.5 years full-time
an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and a Postgraduate Certificate in Art History with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent; or
an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with at least H2B (70%) average and at least one year of documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent; or
an honours degree in a related discipline with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent.
200 point program
2 years full-time
an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent.
Explore the issues surrounding collection management, exhibition development and display, interpretation, and funding sources.
Examine the organisational structures of collecting institutions and the various responsibilities for their staff.
Gain a practical understanding of art conservation theory and practice and its role in storage, transportation, display and interpretation of art objects.
Understand the theory and practice of cataloguing and presenting art objects in museums and arts organisations.
Put your skills and knowledge into practice with an internship placement.
The Master of Art Curatorship degree usually comprises a 200-point course, however you may be eligible to earn your degree with 100 or 150 points depending on previous studies and experience. You can undertake the program full-time.
As well as the sample plans shown below, you can also visit the course handbook for more information, including a full list of subjects.
Art Museums and Curatorship
History & Philosophy of Museums
Art and Cultural Management in Asia
The Virtual Print Room
Arts Policy and Issues
Histories and Theories of Conservation
Cultural Festivals and Special Events
Communicating the Arts
Indigenous Photography, New Media, Film
Finance and Budgeting
Writing and Editing for Digital Media
Screen Media and Mediated Experiences
Issues in Art Conservation
Cultural Programs Officer
Art Researcher and Administrator
Arts & Cultural Development Officer