Taught course

Art History and Curating

University of Birmingham · Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. This unique programme enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to conduct original research into art objects, to understand at first hand the history, theory and contemporary practice of their curation and to disseminate your findings through a public art exhibition and a 15,000-word dissertation.

The core components of the programme include the 60-credit ‘Curatorial Practices’ module – taught on a weekly basis in the Barber Institute – that provides you with a full range of skills to curate an exhibition, and a 20-credit 'Research Training and Methods' module which will help you to develop essential research skills.

The programme also offers you the flexibility to select a further 40 credits of optional study from a range of complimentary practical, theoretical and historical modules. These include: a 12 week placement with a local gallery, auction house or other commerical arts organisation set up on your behalf; the application of digital technologies in art history; the theory of exhibitions; aesthetics and the philosophy of art. As a result, this unique programme will provide you with the knowledge, experience and employability skills invaluable to museum and academic sectors whilst enabling you to establish professional networks in both.

You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits), supported through one-to-one tutorials with your academic supervisor.

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Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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