University of Sussex: Art History and Museum Curating

InstitutionUniversity of Sussex View institution profile
Department Art History
Telephone 01273 678899
Study type Taught


This course positions you to speak and write confidently about museums and curatorship, and to think about the future of museums and how you can contribute to that future, and equips you with some key skills to support you in doing so. Teaching on this course is strongly informed by the Department of Art History’s cutting-edge research, and delivers a sound introduction to a series of curatorial topics that include: Curatorial scholarship and its methodologies (including conservation-led research and technical art history); the histories of museums and their collections; the ethical and legal frameworks within which curators and museums work; the nature and politics of museum displays. You take 2 core modules and 2 options, and also undertake a work placement in a museum or gallery. You visit a number of museums in Sussex and several of the national museums in London, allowing you to learn first-hand about institutional histories, collections, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions. You are taught and supported in your studies by a rich combination of Sussex tutors and external specialists who have, in the past, included senior staff from the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the VandA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to participate actively in the taught sessions and museum visits and to debate, with your tutors and classmates, a range of ethical concerns facing museum curators. You will also develop your own research interests through the dissertation. Teaching is mainly seminar- and museum-based, with some more formal lectures from visiting specialists.


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