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.
We aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish or progress your successful career working in art museums or galleries.
Working in collaboration with our key partners - Hatton Gallery and Laing Art Gallery - 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.
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. The scheduled contact time takes place either on the Newcastle campus or off-site at our partner venues (the Hatton Gallery or the Laing Art Gallery) and includes:
- seminars and practical sessions
You will also go on study visits to venues such as:
The academic year usually starts in late September with Welcome Week. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience. This means you will have a mixture of taught modules and work-based placements.
You will take five compulsory modules, with a further choice of two possible pathways. Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time course, but spread over a longer period.
Work placements or work related-projects are usually off campus. You will have the opportunity to complete a placement in a suitable gallery, museum, or heritage site. This could be either 12 days long or 6 weeks long, depending on which pathway you chose in Semester 2.
You have access to top quality facilities within Media, Culture and Heritage and across the University.
- The Great North Museum: Hancock, located on campus, houses the collections that previously made up the Hancock Museum, the Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology (an internationally-renowned collection of over 1,000 Greek and Etruscan artefacts), and the Museum of Antiquities.
- The Hatton Gallery, located on campus, has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since the early 20th century.
- Range of libraries and eResources.
- The Language Resource Centre is a specialist language facility providing free access to self-study materials in 50 languages.
- Computing facilities with access to relevant databases and over 1,400 fully networked PCs.
- The Gertrude Bell Archive
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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 2018 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.
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- MCH8501 Understanding Challenges in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- MCH8502 Managing Projects in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector
- MCH8503 Communicating and Learning in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- MCH8504 Caring for 'Collections' in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- MCH8532 Understanding Academic and Applied Research in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take ONE of the following modules - Please note that if you are taking MCH8550, MCH8551 OR MCH8552 you must select the module that is linked to your designated Programme pathway.
- MCH8516 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Practice
- MCH8550 Working on a Project in the Museums Sector
- MCH8551 Working on an Art Museum and Gallery Project
- MCH8552 Working on a Project in the Heritage Sector
Followed by one of the modules given below (NB: If you register for MCH8516 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Practice, you cannot register for MCH8600 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Professional Practice and Research):
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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.
Your opportunity to complete a work placement will give you valuable experience in the museum and gallery sector.
Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.
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
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £17,370
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £14,380
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in:
- fine art
- 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
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.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Language Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Language Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-session entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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.
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.
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.