Supported by a large team of art museum and gallery specialists our Art Museum and Gallery Studies programme takes museum studies in a new direction. It focuses entirely on art institutions from beginning to end. In doing so, it recognises that art museums and galleries are a distinctive kind of institution and that they are best understood in relation to other kinds of art institution (biennials, art fairs, kunsthalles and so on), rather than in relation to other kinds of heritage attraction.
In this programme we pay equal attention to collection-focused art museums and to contemporary art institutions. Our aim is to prepare you for work in a wide range of careers in the art sector and to understand that art sector as it is now.
Museum Studies at the University of Leicester has been the world leader in its field since its birth in 1966. It is one of few autonomous museum studies departments in the world. It was the first to develop an Art Museum and Gallery Studies programme. It is also home to CRÍA, an innovative new organisation that researches the institutions of art.
This programme is shaped as a journey from student to art professional. You will begin by locating and deconstructing the art performances of both the great art museums and contemporary art institutions of various kinds. You will then explore how you can become an expert in the field and the role of the art curator. You will study how to manage and care for art objects and collections, and how to shape art experiences for the public so as to foster social change and life enrichment.
The programme concludes with an exhibition project that will involve you in working with artists and curating artworks, a series of study visits, a research project of your own design, and an eight-week work placement at a museum or gallery.
We also offer a broad-based MA/MSc in Museum Studies both on campus and by flexible or distance learning.
What's the difference?
If you wish to obtain an MA you will undertake supervised a research project into a topic of your choice. If you wish to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma you do not complete this research project. Field trip
Included in the course fee are regular field trips to art museums and galleries around the country. Leicester is excellently placed to visit institutions in London and in the Midlands, the South West and North of England. The fee also includes a subsidised international field school in a major European city.
In recognition of the diverse employment needs of the culture sector, our admissions process recognises and credits a range of prior qualifications and experiences.
Either a first class or second class degree, which can be in any subject area.
Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and aptitudes through the possession of a professional or vocational qualification and/or the accrual of relevant work experiences. Relevant experience can come from a wide spectrum of work or voluntary environments but clear evidence of this experience must be provided.
You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation.
If you do not have a degree, you will be asked complete an assessment, such as an essay, to demonstrate your readiness for postgraduate study. Clear guidance will be provided on assessment criteria. You may also be required to attend an interview.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Locating the Art Institution
Making Art History
Managing Art Collections
Designing for Creative Lives
Entering the Field
Practice (double module)
If you wish to obtain an MA qualification you will undertake supervised research into a topic of your choice and complete a Research Project. Those that wish to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma do not complete the dissertation.
UK and EU Students
This is the total course fee.
Starting in September 2021
If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place.
This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.
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