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Museum and Gallery Studies MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week September 2016
Part time 2 years 1 day a week September 2016

Choose Kingston's Museum and Gallery Studies MA

This course is ideal if you are interested in pursuing imaginative, interdisciplinary, international museum study. It will advance your knowledge of contemporary developments in this vibrant and sophisticated area of culture, art and heritage industries, and provide you with transferable skills essential for the sector. Our underlying philosophy is to offer you a broad and engaging vision of, and approach to, contemporary museum, gallery and heritage practice, evaluation and innovating ideas around the institution and industry.

Key features

  • This course provides an interdisciplinary study of museums and galleries. It offers a range of approaches to teaching and assessment based on the concept of creative research, including creative project work and practice-based research opportunities.
  • The major project allows you to develop your own interests and gain valuable research and practice-based skills.
  • Possible European destinations for field visits include Paris, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

What will you study?

The course examines contemporary issues and practices, including collection, interpretation, exhibition, space, place and the city, audiences and communities, institutional purpose, scenario planning and sustainable futures. You will study taught modules covering critical analysis and creative practice, and conduct research around the broad themes and subjects addressed by each module. Modules have been developed in collaboration with, and are taught with museums such as the Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, V&A, and Kingston Museum and Heritage Service.

Assessment

Essays, project work, portfolio, and dissertation (12,000–15,000 words).

About this course

You will study a series of dedicated taught modules that are concerned with issues of critical theory and analysis, research methodologies and creative practice. You will be expected to conduct research around the broad themes and subjects addressed by each module. This research will allow you to tailor your own path of study according to your particular interests and future aspirations.

Module collaborations

The modules on this course have been developed in collaboration with several museums:

Victoria and Albert Museum logoThe Ideas and Institutions module is co-delivered and co-hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

 

National Maritime MuseumThe Practice of Experience module has been developed and is co-delivered in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum.

 

Museum of London

The Spaces of Encounter module has been developed and is co-delivered in collaboration with the Museum of London.

 

 

Kingston Museum and Heritage ServiceThe Challenge of Change is developed and delivered in collaboration with Kingston Museum and Heritage Service.

 

 

Find out more about the modules on this course.

What is the focus of this course?

Creative practice

The Museum and Gallery Studies MA is a critical and creative practice-based postgraduate programme of academic study. It is ambitious in its aim to:

  • re-imagine the relationships between academy and profession; and
  • explore the implications and applications of this approach to accepted ideas of academic museum studies and museum practice.

Ideas of, and approaches to, practice are therefore central to the course, as are opportunities for engaging directly in experimental and creative practice-based research in both institutional and more-than-institutional contexts.

Located within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the MA programme of study engages across artistic, urban planning, architectural and design practices as offering alternative creative approaches to museum study and practice. Our genuinely interdisciplinary approach to creative practice is one of the unique features of our curriculum.

A place-based approach

The programme develops through a strongly place-based approach to the contemporary museum. The broad aim is to:

  • offer a more sustainable, place-sensitive approach to our understandings of museums, museum practices and their academic study; and
  • further open the museum up to the world in an ethical engagement towards more-than-institutional futures.

Our place-based approach also draws on our location in London as a world city and museum metropolis. Place, locality, ecology and community are essential to museums and museum practices wherever they may be found and from whichever country our students might come from. The course aspires to be international in its scope and vision whilst always grounded in a sympathetic and progressive sense of place.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules

  • Museums and galleries are highly prominent features of the contemporary cultural landscape. They have experienced significant investment in their intellectual and physical development over the past 20 to 40 years. To some this has been a 'Golden Age', to others it represents an age of great uncertainty, even malaise. This module establishes a progressive interdisciplinary framework for critically and creatively questioning museums and galleries as ideas, institutions and as a field of academic inquiry.

    Download a module guide for Ideas and Institutions (PDF)

     
  • The Practice of Experience
  • Spaces of Encounter
  • Museums, galleries and heritage are more than physical, immobile landmarks in the landscape; they are ongoing, place-based processes crafted from diverse and often dissonant human and non-human materials, sites, identities and narratives. Because of this they are constantly open to change. They change due to debates from within the field and a variety of drivers and pressures from outside. In many ways change, and meeting the challenge of change, lies at the very heart of ongoing questions of sustainability, relevance and innovation in the field. This module explores museum and heritage futures, locating development within a more progressive, expanded sense of place.

     
  • The Major Project is the main opportunity and culmination of the MA and most significant piece of work that you deliver on a masters programme. The Major Project provides you with the opportunity to craft your own approach to the field through critical-theoretical and/or creative, practice-based research. The Major Project can accommodate research projects developed through a range of academic and professional contexts depending on your motivation and interests, including work placements and other work-based opportunities. The Major Project can also provide a platform from which you can launch the next stage of your career. Based on ideas of material thinking and creative practice, the taught elements of the module provide you with a strong understanding of different aspects of contemporary practice of value to both academic and professional environments.

    Download the module guide for Major Project (PDF)

     

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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