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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies

Programme code:MA-AH/AGM-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Rob Knifton Contact address:r.h.knifton@leeds.ac.uk

A part time version of this programme is available (programme code MA-AH/AGM-PT). Please contact Dr Graham for further details.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A 2:1 degree at first degree level or above. Vocational experience may be taken into account

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Programme specification:

The MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies puts theory and practice into dialogue.
You will develop critical understandings of the histories of art galleries and museums and explore and challenge key ideas that have shaped museum practice. You will also deploy these historical and theoretical understandings to develop innovative approaches to curation, interpretation and engaging audiences.
A core strand of the MA traces the emergence of art galleries, museums and country houses in western Europe and opens up critical questions about how the past is presented in art galleries and museums. You will build on this work though choosing an optional modules exploring contemporary curatorial strategies, technologies and media, cultural memory, material culture and audiences.
Another core strand is underpinned by action learning and puts contemporary curation in an international context. From the first you will work on an interpretation intervention with one of the archives and collections on campus (such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery; Brotherton Special Collections; Marks and Spencer Company Archive). This intensive experience of project planning, management, collaboration and team working prepares you for undertaking an optional work placement in your second semester, with placements being offered by our many art gallery and museum partners in Leeds and beyond.
You will also develop advanced research skills which will equip you to develop appropriate questions and methods for your dissertation. Your development as a researcher will be supported by your involvement in the active research culture provided by the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.
You will study in the heart of a cultural hub for this diverse and vibrant region. Leeds is home to a national museum, nine council-run museums, galleries and heritage sites and many private and charitable museums and galleries. We are also a short bus or train journey away from everything the rest of Yorkshire has to offer, from The Hepworth Wakefield to the National Media Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Bronte Parsonage Museum.


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Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF5101MAdvanced Research Skills 15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5102MAdvanced Research Skills 25 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5253MInterpretations15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5254MCritical Issues15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5255MHistory and the Museum: Representation, Narrative and Memory30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students must choose one dissertation module

ARTF5720MDissertation for the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies50 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep
ARTF5999MMA Practice-led Dissertation50 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits of optional modules in semester 2

ARTF5011MJewish Museums and the Display of Cultural Difference30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5031MUnfinished Business: Trauma, Cultural Memory and the Holocaust30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5032MMovies, Migrants and Diasporas30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5051MIntersecting Practices: Questioning the Intersection of Contemporary Art and Heritage30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5052MAdventures in the Archive30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5069MArt & Money: the modern and contemporary art markets30 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF5071MEncountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5189MProcuring Representation: Contemporary Art, East Asia, Gender30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5191MAnthropology, Art and Representation30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5802MPlacements in Context: Policy, Organizations and Practice30 creditsSemester 2
EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5211MAudience Engagement and Impact30 creditsSemester 2

This list is indicative and may change depending on staff availability


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Last updated: 02/09/2019

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