MA in Visual Arts Management & Curating – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £7,000 (EU)
    £12,000 (INTERNATIONAL)

  • Duration

    1 Year (Full-time)
    2 Years (Part time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA
    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Kensington Campus

Programme Overview

Would you like to be an arts or cultural manager and play an important role in helping works of art in a museum or gallery come alive? This MA programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to do just that, equipping you to become an expert in visual culture.

Taught in one of the world’s cultural capitals, at our campus in Kensington, central London, our students benefit from being so close to Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery and many more art galleries and institutions. The inspiration provided by world-class art galleries, museums, libraries and art institutions really does breathe life into art.

Study one Master’s programme and you’ll gain two degrees, one from the UK and one from the US. This programme can be taken in one year full-time or over two years, part-time.

This MA is unique as it straddles the publicly funded (Not for Profit) and commercial visual arts sector. It will equip you with the professional skills and experience to work successfully in a variety of arts and cultural industries.

Our core modules balance theory and practice, beginning with an exploration of research methods, which are vital for any career in the cultural world; at Richmond, you’ll be considered as a junior research colleague. You’ll go on to study arts policy and visual arts management and marketing, where you’ll learn how museums, galleries, auction houses, creative start-ups, collectors and funders operate in today’s increasingly global art world.

During the second semester, the focus will be on curating, as you develop the skills needed to curate a range of art and design objects for both public and private collections. Through our module on Art Education you’ll explore the various methods of teaching art, using a combination of artistic materials, assessment methods and education techniques. Finally, you’ll learn about the fascinatingly diverse international art market.

You will be encouraged to participate in a range of exhibition openings, networking events, artist talks, festivals and conferences. Many classes are taught externally in museums and galleries, and students leave with extensive contacts from which they can develop and expand their own professional network.

You’ll have the choice in the final semester of doing either an internship with a dissertation or an extended research project, both great opportunities to provide hands-on experience to increase your employability.

Optional Accredited Internship
The optional accredited Internship integrates theory with practice. Students will be challenged to relate classroom situations to the workplace, make contacts which may prove valuable to their future employment prospects, and gain confidence in their capabilities, creativity and communication skills. It will provide you with the opportunity to use skills learned on the programme in a real world setting.

Top 5 Reasons to study Visual Arts Management & Curating:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of visual arts management and curating which will equip you for a career in the creative and cultural industries
  • Studying in central London, one of the world’s top cultural centres, provides inspirational setting for this programme
  • Benefit from small classes (average 10–15 students) and academic support from faculty engaged in leading research and professional practice in the art industry
  • The ability to learn first-hand by frequent on-site visits to the world’s most prestigious museums, galleries and art exhibitions
  • Benefit from an integrated internship that will allow you to apply what you have learned in a real-world workplace setting

Modules Breakdown

Core Modules & Electives

Fall Semester (12 Credits)

Research Methods

Arts Policy

Visual Arts Management and Marketing

Spring Semester (12 Credits)

Curating

Art Education and the Gallery

International Art Market

Summer Semester (12 credits)

Internship with dissertation

OR

Extended Thesis Research

* subject to availability

  • After you graduate

    Career Paths
    Saatchi Gallery, White Cube, Windsor Castle, Seattle Art Museum, Adventures in Learning (NY), Denver Art Museum, Tanya Baxtar Contemporary, The Wallace Collection, Musee de Louvre, Getty Institute, Sotheby’s New York, Christies New York, Guggenheim Museum, V&A Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, South London Gallery, and many more.

  • Internship placements

    UK
    London: Andipa Gallery, Art Set International, Broadbent Gallery, Charlie Smith Gallery, Exhibitions Planning Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, Summaria Lunn Gallery, Textiles Department, Victoria and Albert Museum
    USA
    Advanced Placement Internship, American Art Journal/Fellows Office, Smithsonian – DC, Contemporary Curating, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, Crow Indian Museum, Crow Reservation -Montana, Detroit Museum of Arts, Education Department, Chicago History Museum, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – Tampa, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – Chicago, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

  • Career support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Entry Requirements

A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2 (Lower Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

Qualification

Postgraduate

Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years

TOEFL IBT

80 with 19 Listening, 20 in Reading, 19 Writing, 22 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

60 with 51 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

169 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade A (no less than A in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 Certificate (no less than C1 in any component)

No Expiry

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Research-led teaching from the IVAC (The Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures)

IVAC logo
All MA Art History and Visual Culture and MA Visual Arts Management and Curating students, and members of the Art Appreciation Society are automatically entitled to membership of the IVAC free of charge. Richmond students enrolled on other Masters programmes and undergraduates with an interest in the visual arts are welcome to all IVAC events free of charge.

Programme Fact Sheet

Useful Links

Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr Robert J. Wallis

Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of MA Programmes

What our students say…

“The MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating at Richmond was an amazing experience. The Professors were incredibly approachable and engaging, they allowed me to pursue my own ideas while providing guidance and support that proved instrumental in my research. The course work was interesting and challenging and provided a very international scope of the many different facets of the art world.
The campus is located near some of the best museums in London, and many courses included meetings with key members of museum and gallery staffs. These trips were some of my favorite experiences as they provided insight into the structure and inner workings of museums and galleries, and were a chance to apply what we learned about in class in an interactive environment. The program helped me find an internship at a contemporary art gallery in London which turned into a full time position after completing my MA. I am now planning on doing a PhD in cultural heritage stability in the near future, something I know I would not have considered if not for the support and advice of my Richmond professors.” 

Kate ScottNow working at Tanya Baxter Contemporary, London

“When I decided to switch career paths to the arts, I knew I wanted to attend an institution located in a city where I would have access to world class art. Richmond University has exceeded my expectations in that not only did I experience London, I was able to learn and visit arts organizations across the UK and Europe. The flexibility within our assignments allowed me to explore my interests while also challenging me to expand my knowledge about the art world. My connections with professors, guest speakers, and classmates, have resulted in lifelong colleagues and friends.”

Molly SullivanSales & Services Associate, Denver Art Museum

“The graduate experience at Richmond proved vital for my success as an art historian and museum professional. The MA in Art History and Visual Culture programme places students on the pulse of the art world, ensuring that they have access to premier institutions, world-renowned museum collections, and highly anticipated exhibitions. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in critical analysis and discussion with professors and peers, resulting in a positive and respectful learning environment.
While at Richmond, I obtained an internship with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Conservation, which solidified my interest in collections management. I had a central role in documenting historic collections at five properties across the southeastern United Kingdom, including Ham House and Gardens, Rainham Manor, Red House, Two Willow Road, and Fenton House and Gardens. Through my internship and the Richmond community, I now have professional connections around the world.
Since graduating, I have become the Registrar for Collections at the Arkansas Arts Center. I have also been invited to speak at the annual American Alliance of Museums conference about my role in the museum.”

Katie HallRegistrar for Collections, Arkansas Arts Center

Postgraduate Prospectus

Where to find us

Kensington Campus

1 St. Alban’s Grove
London
W8 5PN
England
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7368 8500