Contemporary curating is a dynamic profession, playing a key role in setting cultural agendas and generating new ideas. In the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership we foster a vision of leadership that is deeply diverse and non-hierarchical, forging connections between curating, audience engagement, policy, management, critical writing, promotion, production and other emerging roles. You will benefit from partnerships with a broad range of Australian and international creative organisations as well as regular connection with arts leaders and industry professionals. The degree is flexible and customisable. In the final year you will undertake an industry-based capstone project tailored to develop your skills, build your professional networks, and open further career opportunities. You may also complete a supervised research paper, allowing you to engage deeply with a topic of your interest.

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Why choose this degree?

This degree is for those keen to explore a wide range of areas across curating and cultural leadership, as well as industry engagement and professional experience with galleries, libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is geared towards graduates and career professionals who intend to take a leading role in shaping the creative and cultural landscape of the future. Many of our graduates are prominent leaders in the Australian and international cultural and creative sectors.

Degree Structure

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Career opportunities

  • Arts and cultural leadership, management, policy making and administration
  • Curatorship, festival, program, event and museum management
  • Direction of cultural organisations and institutions
  • Entrepreneurship, strategy, creative social enterprise and startups
  • Creative direction, planning and production
  • Art education and training

Entry requirements

The admission requirements for the Master of Curating & Cultural Leadership degree include:

(1)a Bachelor's degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree can be in any field. This provides admission into the foundational disciplinary course component of the program - requiring completion of 96uoc (2.0 years). (2)Bachelor's degree (Level 7) in a cognate field with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 or equivalent. This provides direct admission into the disciplinary course component of the degree - requiring completion of 72uoc (1.5 years). (3)an Honours Degree in any of the following cognate fields. This provides direct admission to the advanced disciplinary component of the degree - requiring completion of 48uoc (1 year). Cognate disciplines include Art History, Art Theory, Art Curating, Art Education, Museum and/or Heritage Studies, Cultural Heritage Materials Conservation, Design Education, Humanities, including English Literature, Cinema Studies.

Applicants without a Bachelors degree may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director, on the basis of professional experience. The student may articulate up to the Graduate Diploma and Masters if they hold a credit average in their courses taken under the Graduate Certificate.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Consideration of RPL, including industry experience, will be relevant for consideration of RPL, including industry experience, will be relevant for the granting of an exemption from SAHT9115 Internship, where the student has significant professional experience, at least the equivalent in time and responsibility to that required in SAHT9115.

Verified industry experience will include a written statement of service from an employer, client or commissioning agent verifying the position, role, responsibilities, duration and/or project outcomes of employment, service contract or other professional arts engagement.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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