The study of art museums is often integrated into more general museum studies programmes that are sometimes titled ‘art gallery and museum studies’. The MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester is different. Building on 50 years of leading museum studies research and teaching, the School of Museum Studies has developed a degree that focuses on the distinctive characteristics and work of art museums, galleries and related institutions. We aim to prepare you for work in a wide range of careers in the art sector. The course pays equal attention to collection-focused museums and to contemporary art institutions.
The MA is shaped around a journey: from student to art professional. We begin by locating the art institution in the practices of the great art museums and in the performances of a wide range from contemporary art platforms from commercial galleries to biennials. We then work on developing the expertise necessary to negotiate your way through the art world, and focus particularly on the act of art curating, including working with artists.
With our partner art institutions in the city, you will gain experience of working with collections: collections management and care, developing visitor experiences and shaping the socially-active art institution. Midway through the course you will engage in a project that may involve you working with artists or constructing an exhibition. In 2016, students worked with artists at Leicester Print Workshop to curate mail art. They also undertook picture hanging with professionals at the New Walk Museum.
The taught component of the degree culminates in an International Field School during which you will study the art ecology of a major European city. You will also develop a research project of your own design and undertake an eight-week work placement at a museum or gallery.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due
A 2:1 degree or equivalent.
Additionally you must also be able to demonstrate an engagement with or commitment to museums, galleries or heritage organisations. It is also helpful for you to provide evidence of relevant experience in the museum, gallery or heritage sector or appropriate transferable skills.
We will consider applications from candidates without a degree where you are able to evidence significant relevant work experience normally involving research skills, professional publication or senior management responsibilities in place of a degree.
You may be required to successfully complete a departmental assessment such as an essay or other written work following an initial review of your application.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Art in the Public Realm
Managing Resources in the Art Museum
Interpreting and Communicating Art
Option modules, choose one option module from:
Museums and Histories
Museum and Gallery Marketing
Natural Science Curatorship
Curating the Art Museum
Museum and Gallery Communication and Education
Digital Media and Curatorship
World Arts/Museum Ethnography
If you wish to obtain an MA qualification you will undertake supervised research into a topic of your choice and complete a 15,000-word dissertation. Those that wish to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma do not complete the dissertation.
The School of Museum Studies is committed to producing creative professionals. We will equip you with the core skills and knowledge necessary for a career in museums and art galleries. You will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with the concepts and issues that underpin museum and gallery work. The course will broaden your philosophical approach to learning and equip you with the practical methods and skills you will need for a successful career in museums, galleries and related art institutions.
The MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies provides you with the flexibility to follow your own area of specialism. Career development has shaped the course curriculum and collaborative working with a wide range of museums, galleries and other cultural organisations is critical to its development and delivery.
The course will give you the entry qualification for a career in museum and galleries.
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