Curating the Art Museum

The Courtauld Institute of Art

M.A. On Campus
12 months
24300 GBP/year
11700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Curating the Art Museum programme of The Courtauld Institute of Art is an excellent entry point for a career in museums and galleries. It puts the physical object at the heart of curatorial training whilst placing specialist knowledge firmly within the context of the contemporary museum.


Curating the Art Museum programme of The Courtauld Institute of Art offers a wide range of learning environments and exercises, from taught seminars to group projects and hands-on work experience, and encourages a wide range of expression, written and oral, from academic writing to public debates and gallery talks.

Key facts:

This broad-based programme, which has run since 2007, attracts students with a range of interests, across all periods and media, with a strong focus on contemporary and innovative approaches to curating in public museums and galleries. 

The programme’s teaching draws widely on the expertise of the art history faculty, the conservation department and The Courtauld Gallery, and benefits from close relations and excellent connections with museums and galleries across London and the UK, and internationally. Curators and other professionals in museums including Tate and the National Gallery are actively involved in the programme, leading practical exercises such as the Virtual Display. 

Individual placements are arranged for each student with museums and galleries in London: students work closely with mentors in a range of national museums, public galleries and other organisations in London, one or two days a week over a six-month period. 

There is a strong emphasis on collaborative working, in taught sessions and in the organisation of museum debates; field trips, in the UK and Europe, are organised across the year to ensure the widest contact with curators, museum professionals and artists, as well as with exhibitions, displays and museum spaces. The programme culminates in a collaborative exhibition project, and the mounting of a public exhibition and related public events.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • History and Theory of Museums
  • Contemporary Approaches to the Museum
  • Development of an Exhibition project 
  • Language and Interpretation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UK qualifications: Students will normally have achieved a good 2.1 in their Bachelor’s degree, considered to be an overall average 65% or above.
  • Overseas qualification: Equivalent to a good 2.1 in a UK first degree (e.g. US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above).
  • Personal Statement: You will be asked to provide a statement of up to 500 words detailing your reasons for applying for the course, supplying any information and experiences relevant to your application.
  • Interviews: Selected applicants will be asked for interview before offers are made.
  • English language requirements: If your first language is not English, we require proof of English language proficiency –please see the English Language Requirements page.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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