University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Art History and Museum Curating

This course positions you to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, and to think about the future of museums and how you can contribute to that future, and equips you with some key skills to support you in doing so. Teaching on this course is strongly informed by the Department of Art History�s cutting-edge research, and delivers a sound introduction to a series of curatorial topics that include: Curatorial scholarship and its methodologies (including conservation-led research and technical art history); the histories of museums and their collections; the ethical and legal frameworks within which curators and museums work; the nature and politics of museum displays. You take 2 core modules and 2 options, and also undertake a work placement in a museum or gallery. You visit a number of museums in Sussex and several of the national museums in London, allowing you to learn first-hand about institutional histories, collections, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions. You are taught and supported in your studies by a rich combination of Sussex tutors and external specialists who have, in the past, included senior staff from the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the VandA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to participate actively in the taught sessions and museum visits and to debate, with your tutors and classmates, a range of ethical concerns facing museum curators. You will also develop your own research interests through the dissertation. Teaching is mainly seminar- and museum-based, with some more formal lectures from visiting specialists.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in art history or another relevant humanities or social science discipline.

Course modules

Core modules include: Art history research seminar; art history research skills and methods; museum skills 1: Objects; museum skills 2: Contexts and display; placement (art history and museum curating); theories and approaches to art history. Options may include: Art and its objects; art and the interior; art and the interior; instrumental aesthetics: contemporary art, politics and visual culture; photography and 20th century visual culture; renaissance painting and the workshop tradition; renaissance painting and the workshop tradition; visual and material cultures.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 8,150 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 17,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678899