Course Details


Masters Degree

Study Load

Full Time

Course Location

Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

Master of Curatorial Studies - Fine Arts (By Research)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00126G

This specialist degree provides a high status and professional qualification suitable for graduates wishing to enter the museum profession in Australia or overseas as curators, exhibition organisers or researchers. The degree is run in collaboration with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on the University campus, providing students with direct experience in curatorial research and exhibition presentation in the context of a first-rate modern art gallery.


  • Assessment is based on either a research proposal for a major exhibition (at least 5000 words) and a publishable professional catalogue including an essay on all works proposed for exhibition (at least 25,000 words)
  • or a dissertation (at least 30,000 words) on an aspect of museology relevant to curatorial practice
  • or a publishable catalogue raisonne (up to 30,000 words) of the works of an uncatalogued artist. Students also complete a placement in a public gallery and prepare a detailed comparative report (up to 5000 words) in relation to this placement. Students may also be required to complete such courses, lectures, seminars and other work and/or studies and investigations culminating in such reports as the supervisor of head of school directs including such advanced study in relation to curatorial studies as may be required by the Board of the Graduate Research School.


  • Art and design
  • Art history
  • Curatorial studies
  • Fine arts
  • Graphic arts
  • Visual arts

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor degree with at least upper second class honours, or equivalent demonstrated research experience.