Master of Art Curatorship
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Art Curatorship has been designed to train the art curators and gallery professionals of the future. Through a structured program of core and elective units, you will gain an advanced understanding of the full range of cultural, theoretical, social, political and economic issues underlying the art gallery and museum system.
Sophisticated training will be offered to prepare you for work as art curators, educators, collection managers, administrators, critics, dealers and valuers.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the important role of art and art curatorship to the museum and gallery industry, the crucial public role of the art museum (past, present and future), the arts industry and the business of art, and curatorial practices of a national, regional and international perspective.
Career opportunities and industry links include working in the gallery sector, museum sector, arts administration sector, planning exhibitions and public arts events, curating, writing, publishing, and teaching in the arts and cultural industry; both nationally and internationally.
Please note: The Master of Art Curatorship will be replaced by the new Master of Art Curating in 2014, which maintains and enhances the focus of the discontinued Master of Art Curatorship. *This new program is still subject to CRICOS Registration.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ARHT5902 - Art Writing
- ARHT6914 - Art and Curatorship
- ARHT6920 - Dissertation Part 1
- ARHT6921 - Dissertation Part 2
- ARHT6923 - Gallery Internship
- ARHT6925 - Cinematographic Performance
- ARHT6930 - Film Theory: Art,Industry,Culture
- ARHT6933 - Australian Art: A World Upside Down
- ARHT6935 - The Art Museum: Past,Present and Future
- ARHT6937 - Curating Asian Art
- ARHT6939 - The Documentary Film
- ARHT6940 - Editing the Moving Image
- ARHT6941 - Aesthetic Debates & Curatorial Practices
- ARHT6942 - Art Gallery Internship 2
- ARTS7000 - Academic Communication for Postgraduates
- MUSM7028 - Artefact Studies
- MUSM7029 - Communication and Education
- MUSM7030 - Exhibition Development
- MUSM7031 - Information and Collection Management
- MUSM7032 - Museum and Gallery Administration
- MUSM7033 - The Museum Context
- MUSM7035 - Ethics of Cultural Property
- MUSM7036 - Museums and the Digital
- USSC6919 - American Film and Hollywood
Further course information
The MAC requires the satisfactory completion of 8 units of study (48 credit points) (cp). A minimum 5 units of study in the subject area are required. The remaining units of study are selected from the approved list of electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, such as museum studies, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator. Candidates undertake 5 core units of study (30cp), ARHT6914 Art and Curatorship, ARHT6935 The Art Museum: Past, Present and Future, ARHT6923 Gallery Internship and ARHT6942 Gallery Internship 2, plus one unit of study (6cp) from a designated selection. Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Master of Art Curatorship candidates undertake two compulsory internship units of study. Each internship placement is established by the student and could be in an Australian or international institution. Each placement is 20 days long and is supervised by museum and gallery professionals. Internships are project based and might involve a particular area of museum work, for example, registration, education or exhibitions. Candidates are required to prepare written assessments and to make a presentation.
Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Art Curatorship have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study, normally undertaken over two semesters, with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.
Course outcomes and further study
The Master of Art Curatorship degree equips graduates for a career as an art curator, educator, collection manager, administrator, critic, dealer or valuer. The degree allows those already working in the sector to further develop their career prospects, while also serving as a career change option to those new to the field.
Graduates of the Master of Art Curatorship who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.
Admission to candidature for the Master of Art Curatorship requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65%) average, from the University of Sydney, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorship with a minimum credit (65%) 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 UAC - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
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).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2012 your student contribution may differ.
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 2013, 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 2012 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 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013, 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.