Develop your professional skills in curatorial studies.

Introduction

This specialist degree provides a high status and professional qualification suitable for graduates wishing to enter the museum profession in Australia or overseas as curators, exhibition organisers or researchers. The degree is run in collaboration with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on the University campus, providing students with direct experience in curatorial research and exhibition presentation in the context of a first-rate modern art gallery.

Back to top

Course description, features and facilities

Students in this course prepare either a fully researched proposal for a major exhibition (at least 5000 words) and a fully publishable professional catalogue including an essay on all works proposed for exhibition (at least another 25,000 words); or a dissertation (at least 30,000 words) on an aspect of museology relevant to curatorial practice; or a detailed publishable catalogue raisonné (up to 30,000 words) of the works of an uncatalogued artist.

Students also complete a placement in a public gallery and prepare a detailed comparative report (up to 5000 words) in relation to this placement.

Back to top

Structure

Extracted from Master of Curatorial Studies in Fine Arts (research) rules

3. A student must—

(a) present for examination one of the following:

(i) VISA8602 Exhibition Proposal comprising a fully researched proposal for a major exhibition, of at least 5000 words, the content and title of which are proposed by the student and determined by the Board; and VISA8601 Exhibition Catalogue comprising a fully publishable professional catalogue including an essay on all works proposed for exhibition equivalent to at least another 25,000 words; or

(ii) VISA8603 MCur Dissertation comprising a dissertation of at least 30,000 words on an aspect of museology relevant to curatorial practice, the title and subject matter of which must be proposed by the student and have the approval of the Board of the Graduate Research School; or

(iii) VISA8604 Catalogue comprising a detailed publishable catalogue raisonné of up to 30,000 words of the works of an uncatalogued artist;

and

(b)(i) complete VISA8605 MCur Placement comprising a placement in a public gallery or comparable institution involving at least one day a week for 36 weeks during the course; and

(ii) prepare a detailed comparative report of up to 5000 words in relation to the placement described in (i);

and

(c) complete VISA8606 Advanced Curatorial Studies comprising such advanced study in relation to curatorial studies as may be required by the Board.

4.(1) A full-time student must submit to the Board for approval within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time, the details of the following components of the course:

(a)(i) VISA8602 Exhibition Proposal; and

(ii) VISA8601 Exhibition Catalogue;

or

(b) VISA8603 MCur Dissertation;

or

(c) VISA8604 Catalogue Raisonné.

(2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

Back to top

Professional recognition

Back to top

Career opportunities

This specialist degree provides a high status and professional qualification suitable for graduates wishing to enter the museum profession in Australia or overseas as curators, exhibition organisers or researchers.

Back to top

Further study opportunities

Doctor of Philosophy

Back to top

These pages are under review and are being updated.

Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

(a) have completed the requirements of a bachelor's degree of this University requiring at least four years of full-time study, or the part-time equivalent, in a subject area considered by the Dean of the Faculty to be relevant to curatorial studies, or the equivalent of this qualification as recognised by the Board;

and

(b) be able to satisfy the Board that they have the general ability to complete the course and the special ability to prepare and present a thesis.

English competency

See full list of English Language Competency requirements.
These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees

Application Deadlines

Applications can be submitted anytime from January to November.

How to apply

There are several steps to lodging an application for a higher degree by research. Follow the below link for further information and relevant application forms: 

Fees

With the exception of international students, no fees will be charged to any student admitted to UWA for a research higher degree at UWA.

Australian students undertaking research courses are therefore exempt from paying student contributions and tuition fees as part of the Research Training Scheme.

Note: We can help with application-related enquiries. If you need further course-specific information, you may wish to contact the relevant Faculty or School.

About UWA
Find out what makes UWA an internationally recognised university.
Foundation and preparatory courses
There are a range of programs available to help give you the opportunity to gain the academic qualifications or prerequisites required for admission to UWA.
Social life on campus
There are over 20,000 students enrolled at UWA - lots of new friends not only from Perth and Western Australia but from all areas in Australia and around the world.
These pages are under review and are being updated.

askUWA - answers online anytime Prospects - online newsletter

Master of Curatorial Studies in Fine Arts - Research: the details

Status
Available 2014
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year,  except December.
Weekly first year time commitment
Full-time students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week on their research, throughout the year. Part-time students are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on their research, throughout the year.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Graduate Research and Scholarships Office
Hackett Hall UWA
pghelp-grso@uwa.edu.au
Ask UWA
6488 2807
Course code
25770
CRICOS Code
077500K
Additional information