Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship
The Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship is a one-year programme made up of four practice-oriented and fascinating courses. The Diploma will appeal to students intending to work in museums, art galleries, and commercial art sectors.
Students must be qualified with either:
- a Bachelor of Arts; or
- a Bachelor of Fine Arts; or
- other qualifications of an equivalent standing; or
- have evidence of extensive practical, professional, or scholarly experience to the satisfaction of the Academic Board.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Entry will be approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic) on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Fine Arts.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Applications for the Diploma require an up-to-date CV detailing relevant study, roles, and work experience; a full academic transcript of your tertiary-level studies; and a recent writing sample (eg, an essay on a topic related to art). These must be emailed directly to the Programme Coordinator.
You must also contact the Programme Coordinator to arrange a meeting or phone conversation where you will discuss your intentions for the programme, and what you hope to get out of it.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
To qualify for the PGDipArtCuratorship a student must satisfactorily pass three compulsory Art Curatorship courses and one optional course from Art History or Art Theory programmes.
This includes a 4–6 week internship with a local museum, art gallery, or related centres as part of the coursework.
The Diploma is studied full-time for 1 year, or up to 2 years part-time.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship.
For study planning help contact the School of Humanities and Creative Arts or the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800