The Art Museum and Gallery Practice MPrac is designed to provide you with a clear understanding of the frequently complex theoretical and practical issues that face those involved in art museums and galleries.
The course offers a flexible mixture of taught modules and a possible work-based placement, providing you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.
The first year of the MPrac is the Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA, which must be completed successfully before undertaking the second year extended work-based placement.
You will have input from professional and academic experts with substantial experience of working in the museum sectors in various countries.
The course is based in the School of Arts and Cultures. It is also affiliated with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies. ICCHS has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.
We are based at our city centre campus with work placements or work related-projects usually taking place off campus. Part time study consists of the same modules and options as in the full time course, but spread over a longer period.
After completing your Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA in year 1, you will supervised and mentored through a 36-week work placement in year 2. Placements can be in the UK or abroad, depending upon availability. We will set up the placement for you, based on the submission of a project agreed between you, your tutor and the placement host organisation.
Previous cohorts of students have undertaken placements with:
- BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
- Beamish North of England Open Air Museum
- Great North Museum: Hancock
- Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Victoria Tunnel
You have access to top quality facilities with Media, Culture and Heritage and across the University, including:
- the Great North Museum: Hancock, which is located on campus and houses the collections that previously made up the Hancock Museum, the Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology (an internationally-renowned collection of over 1,000 Greek and Etruscan artefacts), and the Museum of Antiquities
- the Hatton Gallery. Located on campus, the Gallery has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since the early twentieth century
- libraries and e-resources
- the Language Resource Centre, which is a specialist language facility providing free access to self-study materials in 50 languages
- computing facilities with access to relevant databases and over 1,400 fully networked PCs
- the Gertrude Bell Archive