Taught course

Curating the Art Museum

Courtauld Institute of Art · Courtauld Institute of Art

Entry requirements

Students will normally have achieved a good 2.1, considered to be an overall average 65% or above.

Months of entry


Course content

Studying for the MA Curating the Art Museum is an excellent entry point for a career in museums and galleries.

The course puts the physical object at the heart of curatorial training whilst placing specialist knowledge firmly within the context of the modern museum. The course offers a unique balance of seminars, hands-on experience and internship placements, focusing on the expanding remit of the art curator in the twenty-first century.

The programme provides unrivalled access to exceptional resources, drawing on the Courtauld's own academic faculty, conservation department, gallery and collection, as well as making the most of its close links with other London museums. The course also includes a field trip to Europe and an exhibition project in the third term.

The MA is designed to:

  • Extend graduates' art historical interests, expertise and scholarship
  • Develop the area of curatorship and active engagement with collections and exhibitions
  • Prepare graduates to contribute to the future of the art museum profession.

Following completion of this unique programme, you will be ideally placed to contribute to the future of the art museum profession. This will include:

  • An understanding of the historical, theoretical and political context of the art museum
  • Awareness on contemporary issues relating to the museum and curatorial practice
  • Consideration of the physical history of works of art, including the issues of handling, conservation and care of collections
  • experience in varying modes of communication, both written and spoken, directed at a scholarly or wider audience

On graduation you will join a long list of Courtauld Alumni who have gone on to fulfill roles in major galleries and museums all over the world, including London, New York, Madrid, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Information for international students

All applicants are expected to have an effective knowledge of English, both spoken and written.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Courtauld Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of many donors The Courtauld has a number of scholarships to support Conservation, MA and PhD students, which may cover fees and/or maintenance.

Scholarships are offered by The Courtauld on the basis of academic merit, with consideration given to financial need, to enable MA, PhD and Conservation students to take up places at The Courtauld.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Creative work25
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Alex Hawkins
+44 (0)207 848 2635