Postgraduate

Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA, PGDip

Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA, PGDip

PGDip - full time: 9 months, part time: 18 months
MA - full time: 12 months, part-time: 24 months
CPD modules available

Profile

The Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA, PGDip provides you with the opportunity to develop skills as a curator or gallery educator in the fields of both historical and contemporary art.


Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.


We aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish or progress your successful career working in art museums or galleries.

Our partners

Working in collaboration with our key partners you will curate a public-facing group exhibition and organise and deliver a programme of public activities and learning events, designed to provide you with an unparalleled experience and a professional edge.

The course encourages a hands-on approach and involves major input from a range of art museum and gallery professionals from the region and beyond.  This includes those involved in independent initiatives, national art collections, and internationally significant exhibitions.

Our staff

The programme leader is Dr Emma Coffield

The course is part of  Media, Culture and Heritage in the School of Arts and Cultures which has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

You will have input from professional and academic experts with substantial experience of working in the museum and gallery sectors in various countries.

Personal tutors and supervisors of Gallery Studies research projects include:

Course delivery

The course covers all aspects of art museum and gallery work and we use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you achieve your learning objectives. This includes a large proportion of guided independent study. Scheduled contact time is online or on campus in Newcastle city centre and includes seminars, practical sessions, and workshops.

You will take six compulsory modules, plus the choice of a research dissertation or a vocationally-orientated project. More information about these pathways is on the module tab.

Part-time study consists of the same modules and options as the full-time course but spread over a longer period.

The academic year usually starts in late September with Induction.

 

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

A flexible mixture of taught modules and a possible work-based placement will provide you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Careers

Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Employability 

Your opportunity to complete a work placement will give you valuable experience in the museum and gallery sector.

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in:

  • fine art
  • craft
  • design
  • art history

You don't have to have a full degree in an art-related subject, but you should have studied modules in:

  • art history
  • art theory and/or fine art
  • craft
  • design

We will also consider your application if you have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request more information. We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.