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Museum and Gallery Studies MA: What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Nigel Fryatt

Name: Nigel Fryatt

"I undertook the MA in Museum and Gallery studies during 2017/18 and had wonderful support. I found all the lectures and tutorials really inspirational and would always come out of them buzzing with thoughts and ideas. This was purely down to the quality of the input I received from all of the lecturers. This was underpinned by the help and solid knowledgeable support provided when I set about writing my dissertation.

I particularly appreciated how practical and useful the course was; every day I use some part of the knowledge gained during my studies. This knowledge has been integral to the displays and ideas I have put forward as a volunteer at the London Bus Museum. Each month when I read the Museum Association magazine, I am reminded just how relevant the course is to the present day, whether it be an article on colonialism, or funding/sponsorship by corporate organisations. I also cannot praise the Esteve-Coll Centre (and its staff) highly enough; it seemed to have every book, periodical and electronic download I needed for the course and for my dissertation. It's a wonderful and precious asset.

I was not able to go to university when I was younger but I always wanted to, so I was really pleased to be accepted as a mature student. Strangely, being brought up in Kingston, I could see Kingston School of Art from my bedroom window; yet I never dreamt that one day I would be a student there. I realise there will be tough times ahead in the museums sector, but there could be no better hands to steer it through an uncertain future than the lecturers at Kingston."

 

Name: Sarah Hayward

"Undoubtedly the most exciting feature of the Museum and Gallery Studies MA at Kingston was the element of collaboration between the University and some of London's most famous and respected museums. This allowed students to tackle realistic, real-world challenges within the safe confines of the course's academic projects.

The course provided a valuable introduction to the myriad practicalities of managing museums in our modern world; to the continually shifting debate surrounding collections and their interpretation; and to a broad spectrum of the academic theory in which they are situated."

 

Name: Stephanie Stroh

"I chose the Museum and Gallery Studies MA at Kingston University as I was looking for a course that would provide me with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the museum as cultural institution, and that approached its subject in a more imaginative, creative and experimental way than it is taught elsewhere.

The course was designed to allow students to explore their own areas of interest, and I enjoyed the freedom of being able to follow my research interests and to develop them further in the final Masters dissertation. Due to its critical-creative approach, the course offered me the opportunity to gain new skills by working with creative practices not commonly associated with this field of study, such as film, scenography, and creative forms of writing.

Studying at Kingston was a very versatile and stimulating experience: On one hand, I found myself reading on the changing role of the visitor, the notion of institutional critique, and installation art, while on the other I attended field trips to museums and heritage sites in and around London, and developed ideas in response to a real-world exhibition brief. This was facilitated by collaborations between the School and some of London's best known museums. The course also positively influenced my decision to pursue PhD research in museum studies which I am doing at the moment."

 

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020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

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This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

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