Curatorial and Museum Studies

A Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) will provide you with in-depth knowledge of collection and exhibition development, heritage conservation, as well as museum and gallery management.

"I can't remember a time when I seriously considered another university. I have grown up hearing about the University of Adelaide, its prestige and the accomplishments of its students. I wanted to study where integrity and history continued to mean something."Rylie Henderson


Curate your career with a Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies)

All of our courses are taught around the rich collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, by experts in the museum world and in academia. The programs and courses we teach are unique in Australia and are applauded by our students for their relevance. Our graduates are highly sought after for their hands-on training.

This innovative program is the only program of its kind delivered in cooperation with practicing gallery and museum professionals around the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary curatorship including researching, designing and mounting exhibitions.

The Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies) equips graduates to work across the gallery and museum sector in areas including curatorship, public programs, audience development, registration and collection management.

The program can be taken full-time over 4 semesters (2 years), or equivalent part-time and includes a 20-day Art Museum Internship. During the internship, you will be exposed to a broad experience of the life of the Art Gallery of South Australia and other galleries and museums, with successful internships leading to employment.

Placements include working in the curatorial section of an art gallery in collection-based research and exhibition development; and public programs including education, marketing and public relations. 

Career options

  • Curatorship and management
  • Museum worker
  • Gallery worker
  • Heritage organisations
  • Auction houses
  • Arts administration
  • Arts promotion
  • Arts policy
  • Librarianship
  • Non-profit arts organisations
  • Teacher

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