Master of Art Curatorship

1-2 years full-time, Parkville Campus - Domestic and International students.


The Master of Art Curatorship was established in 1990, drawing on the advice and support of the arts community and museum sector.

Our comprehensive program incorporates theoretical, historical and practical study units, focusing on the changing role of art museums and arts organisations in collecting, interpreting and exhibiting art. Leading professionals from the Australian art world contribute to teaching programs, as well as the staff of the University’s cultural collections and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, ensuring all knowledge you gain is relevant and contemporary.

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You will have the opportunity to

  • Explore the issues surrounding collection management, exhibition development and display, interpretation, and funding sources.
  • Examine the organisational structures of collecting institutions and the various responsibilities for their staff.
  • Gain a practical understanding of art conservation theory and practice and its role in storage, transportation, display and interpretation of art objects.
  • Understand the theory and practice of cataloguing and presenting art objects in museums and arts organisations.
  • Put your skills and knowledge into practice with an internship placement.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are employed by:

  • Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Art and Industry Biennial Trust, New Zealand
  • Christie's Auction House, London
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Utopian Slumps commercial gallery

Our graduates are employed as:

  • Collection Manager
  • Cultural Programs Officer
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Art Researcher and Administrator
  • Gallery Manager
  • Arts & Cultural Development Officer
  • Assistant Curator
  • Arts Writer
  • Arts Researcher
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