Master of Curatorial and Museum Studies (MCuratMuseumSt)

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This program in Curatorial and Museum Studies offers students core courses in museology and practice in conjunction with research training and academic extension through the choice of elective courses. Students may also take a Work Integrated Learning course.

The Master Curatorial and Museum Studies is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of scholarship about contemporary museum theory and curatorial practices. Students will also acquire an advanced understanding of a chosen cultural area of museum studies based on their interest and elective choice.
2. Apply a sound knowledge of current theories and debates to the understanding of the display, interpretation and communication of cultural property to diverse and modern public, utilising digital technologies.
3. Convey ideas debates and information effectively to a range of audiences, from specialist scholars to the wider communities in Australia and beyond. Students will understand the nature of modern collections their purpose and curation, in the context of modern museology theory.
4. Demonstrate understanding of a range of intercultural issues in the area of modern Australian museum collections, focusing on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competencies, as well as a knowledge of the issues and debates about international cultural ownership colonial appropriation and the antiques trade.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and competency in contemporary practices of digital recording and storage of material culture.
6. Develop skills in museum practice through opportunities to engage with museum professionals in museum settings.
7. Research and write about a chosen area of curatorial and museum studies.

Interruption of program:
Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Master of Curatorial and Museum Studies

There shall be a Master of Curatorial and Museum Studies.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Master of Curatorial and Museum Studies, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 12 units
  2. Research courses to the value of 6 units
  3. A research dissertation to the value of 12 units
  4. Electives to the value of 18 units