Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies

The Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies bridges the gap between art history as an academic discipline and the practicalities of curating collections and exhibitions.

The degree locates the study of art in a range of historical, social, cultural and political contexts. You can focus on Australian, Asian and International art, both historical and contemporary, and participate in intensive art history courses taught overseas.

As a Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies student, you will gain an understanding of art practice through courses from the School of Art & Design (SOA&D) and be exposed to the museum environment through tutorials and internships at national cultural institutions.

The Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies program offers courses in a range of fields including Australian and Asian art; 19th – 20th century Australian and European art and design; modernism and postmodernism; curatorial practice, all taught by our specialist art historians. Students wishing to pursue a research project in greater depth have the opportunity to apply for the Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced).

As a Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies student at ANU, you will find the nation’s premier cultural institutions as well as the thriving local art scene at your doorstep. SOA&D students are able to take advantage of the close proximity of ANU to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and Canberra Museum and Gallery. Students have classes in these institutions and are regularly able to visit world-class exhibitions.

In conjunction with the national institutions and galleries around Canberra, a widely acclaimed internship program is available in the Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies program. These internships run over two semesters and count towards the overall degree.

Art History and Curatorial Studies at ANU

Further studies

Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification.

Career opportunities

Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies has a strong emphasis on critical analysis, research, problem solving and communicating with audiences in diverse ways, this degree provides valuable training for future managers in the arts, heritage and collections sectors, and more broadly across the public service and private enterprise.

Professional outcomes

A Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies will advance your career working in art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions; the arts, heritage and collections sectors; the commercial world of culture and art; and in teaching and education.

Admission requirements

  1. A three year Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a GPA of at least 5/7 for the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies.
  2. A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis for the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced).
  3. International applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
  4. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.
  5. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
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