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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies)

Curate a career you’re passionate about

Curatorial expertise demands curiosity, a great eye, intellectual creativity, and a broad suite of practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in the history of art and visual cultures.

Our Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies) is delivered in cooperation with the Art Gallery of South Australia and other Australian cultural organisations. We give you the specialised training and networks needed to thrive in the global museum and gallery sector.

What will you do?

Learn about collection and exhibition development.
Research, document and interpret images and objects.
Explore issues of conservation and heritage.
Build skills in museum and gallery management.
Complete two minor research projects.
Undertake a four-week internship in a state or national institution.
Gain experience with databases and digital tools used in cultural organisations.
Learn about public programs, marketing, copyright and registration.
Where could it take you?

You might be a program manager for a living arts festival. You could develop an innovative concept for an international exhibition or discover the work of an emerging contemporary artist. Perhaps you’ll travel the world collecting unique pieces for a national body.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Graduates have built successful careers in national and international museums and galleries as curators and related professional roles in public programs, publications, registration, copyright, and collection management.

Potential careers
Art Gallery Education Officer, Art Historian, Curator

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
 
Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications

Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0
OR
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Art History with a minimum GPA of 6.0.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for direct entry may be eligible for a packaged offer to the Graduate Diploma in Art History leading to the Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) (conditional upon achieving a GPA of 6.0 in the Graduate Diploma in Art History)