Master of Arts (Curatorial & Museum Studies)

The University Of Adelaide

Program Overview

Take the cultural lead

The way our cultural institutions collect and exhibit art, artefacts, technologies and other material culture helps to shape the way society sees itself. Learning how to work with such collections underpins a wide variety of careers in the global cultural and heritage sectors.

Our Master of Curatorial and Museum Studies is the only specialist degree in South Australia designed to provide you with this unique capability.

What will you do?

Delivered in cooperation with the South Australian Museum and many other cultural organisations, the degree will enable you to.

· build skills in collection and exhibition development, and museum and gallery management
· explore issues of cultural ownership and conservation, and Australian Indigenous and global heritage
· enjoy extraordinary access to Adelaide’s world-class cultural institutions, through regular site visits, guest lectures and internships
· utilise emerging technologies, including virtual reality, to develop next-generation skills in digital literacy and creative innovation
· explore related subjects, such as social media and education.

You’ll also have the remarkable opportunity to closely observe a significant new cultural institution being established in Adelaide—the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre, set to open in 2025—and explore the translation of historic collections into this new context.

Where could it take you?

You might lead program development for arts festivals. You could develop innovative concepts for interactive educational exhibitions. Or travel the world collecting unique pieces for a national body. Perhaps you’ll help production companies ensure period-drama authenticity.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 39,500


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Australian Year 12    

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject

English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide    


Overall 6.5 

Overall 79

Tertiary Qualifications    

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 OR
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Curatorial & Museum Studies OR
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Curatorial & Museum Studies

Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)    

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Potential careers

Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Marketing Officer, Archivist, Art Gallery Education Officer, Art Historian, Arts Educator, Asset Manager, Museum Education Officer, Museum Technician, Presenter, Curator, Digital Content Creator, Education Coordinator, Education Officer, Education Officer / Educator, Electronic Publisher, Social Media Manager, Social Media Strategist, Feature Writer, Historian, Web Content Manager, ...

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