Master of Art Curating
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
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Experience a rich combination of core academic skills, art-historical and art-critical knowledge and community-engaged experience. Gain critical insight into, and practical knowledge of, traditional institutions, such as museums and galleries, and the expanding field of contemporary curating and its wide range of non-traditional exhibition spaces. These include artist-run and community art spaces, public art projects, festivals and commercial spaces.
Why study with us?
Taught partly at Sydney College of the Arts, you will have access to our gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture. Benefit from collaboration with eminent institutions including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
We offer world-class resources. The Shaeffer Library is Australia’s finest dedicated modern and contemporary art library.
Enjoy a vibrant calendar of social events, research seminars, an active student association and access to the University’s art collections and galleries.
Candidates for the Master of Art Curating are required to complete 72 credit points including:
a) a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and
b) a minimum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study; and
c) a maximum of 36 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Art Curating subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.
d) at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study.
The units of study that may be taken for this course are set out in the
Further course information
The Capstone component of the Master of Art Curating will consist of either an internship unit or two units of dissertation culminating in a piece of research scholarship of around 12,000 words.
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates will possess a strong foundation in the history of art museums and their cultural impact, and an awareness of the changing nature and role of curators in society and the current challenges they face. Our graduates will be well prepared for employment in a gallery or curatorial organisation.
Graduates who receive an average mark of 80% or above and who have completed a 12 credit point dissertation would be able to apply for a PhD in Art Curating
Admission to candidature for the Master of Art Curating requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree with a major in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous Studies or related field and a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
(a) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Art Curating with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
To be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), a completed application must be received by the 30th November for semester 1, 2015 and 30 May 2015 for semester 2, 2015.
Please refer to the following link for application details: sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/scholarships.shtml
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University, via the International Office. For information about closing dates and application procedures, visit the International Office website; or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.