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Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies

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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 be able to deepen your understanding of art practice through courses drawn from the School of Art & Design and be exposed to the museum environment through tutorials and internships at national cultural institutions.

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. The ANU School of Art & Design draws on this for its teaching programs. 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.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

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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. Many of our graduates have taken up key positions 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.

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There's something about ANU – particularly the art school. It's quite a tight-knit community and I feel like that's such a great way of sharing research and collaborative practice.

Shanti Shea An, Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies

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