Master of Art Curatorship

The University of Melbourne

This program provides historical, theoretical and practical subjects that address specific museum activities such as collection management, exhibition development and interpretation, and conservation. This combination enhances students' understanding of the broader cultural context in which the art museum sector operates, both in Australia and internationally, while also ensuring that students are able to relate theory to practice. Leading professionals from Australian art museums and arts organisations contribute to the teaching programs to ensure relevance to the sector.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,416
International: $70,520

Entry Requirements:

200 point program: Undergraduate degree (including at least 50 credit points at second-year level or above in subjects requiring written and analytical assessment), with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent, or equivalent. 150 point program: Undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent, or equivalent. 100 point program: Honours degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent, or equivalent; or: Undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent, or equivalent, and at least two years' relevant, documented work and/or professional experience.


200 point, 150 point and 100 point programs available. Coursework and minor thesis or coursework only. Internships available.

Subjects you can Study:

Art curatorship

Study Pathways:

Students who complete the thesis option may be eligible to undertake a PhD.

Who for:

Those seeking work in curatorial and collection management in art museums, the commercial arts sector, arts auction houses and heritage organisations

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Related Careers:

Arts Administrator, Museum Curator,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years
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