Taught course

Art History and Museum Curating with Photography

University of Sussex · Art History

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in art history or another relevant humanities or social science discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA enables you to develop academic skills relating to research methods in art history with a specific focus on photography, and to develop curatorial skills required by museum curators.

You gain hands-on experience in a museum setting, working with curators in local and national collections. You also study with faculty and curators in international, national and regional institutions, such as the V&A, the Tate, the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Ditchling Museum, the Towner and the Charleston Trust.


Assessed work includes term papers, several practical assignments, a learning journal (written during the placement as a reflection on that experience) and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

In the autumn and spring terms, you take two museum skills modules with seminars at Sussex and at local and national collections. These are taken alongside the core module Theories and Approaches to Art History in the autumn, and the module Photography and 20th-Century Visual Culture in the spring. The summer term is taken up with a work placement at a local or national museum or gallery.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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