This full-time Semester program is designed for students considering future careers in art institutions, and offers a rich, comprehensive introduction to the fascinating world of art museums and galleries.
The program investigates a wide variety of approaches to the subject, from the largest questions about art museums’ and galleries’ social and cultural roles, to issues concerning the presentation and interpretation of art objects within them. Students explore current debates about art museums and galleries in the context of the history of collecting, care, and exhibition of artwork. Through a hands-on learning approach, students will examine key components of modern art museum and gallery practice, such as acquisitions and collecting, collections management, display methods, exhibition planning, conservation, learning, and interpretation. The program will also provide students with a window into the dynamic and often unseen professional networks and art world communities. Students will go on a series of on-site and behind-the-scenes visits to London art museums and galleries, learning directly from guest speakers working in art institutions as curators, conservators, collections registrars, and exhibition project managers as well as those involved in interpretation, publication, audience research, development, and marketing.
The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in the art world or for further study on one of our postgraduate programs. Students will learn practical skills and gain knowledge in:
- Museum-level standards of object care and documentation, for both the public and commercial art world sectors
- Pitching a curatorial concept and exhibition package to a panel through the experience of the Group Exhibition project
- Writing for a range of needs in the field of museums and curating, such as exhibition wall text, loan letters, catalogue entries, and press releases
- A foundational understanding of the history of the art museum and of curatorial practice to prepare students without an art history background, for a postgraduate program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field. Download the Semester Prospectus.