Global Gallery Studies

Course Outline
The MA in Global Gallery Studies at University College Cork is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time taught masters (NFQ, Level 9) which aims to prepare postgraduates for various careers in the gallery sector and other fine art institutions in Ireland and internationally. Directed by History of Art in association with The Glucksman (UCC's award winning on campus gallery) and Digital Arts and Humanities, UCC, the programme will offer an innovative blend of theory and real-world practice comprised of the history, theories and contemporary practices of the gallery in a global context.

Students will engage with various theoretical modules including an introduction to global gallery studies, art history for curators and digital arts and humanities, as well as practice-based modules including cutting-edge learning experiences with The Glucksman, fieldwork in international galleries and a project-led internship with a prominent fine art gallery in Ireland or internationally. Students will receive a scholarship to cover select international fieldwork travel expenses (this scholarship will cover select travel expenses incurred during the 'Global Galleries fieldwork' module only).

Through the programme postgraduates from various backgrounds will gain state-of-the-art critical and practical skills which are prized by the sector as well as a comprehensive understanding of 21st-century gallery practices across diverse geographical borders and cultural traditions.

Course Practicalities
Lectures take place over six months from September to March, with an average of 6 class hours each week, 24 hours independent study per module is required, and a 1 week fieldwork module in semester 2 (UCC will provide students with a scholarship to cover select fieldwork cost). History of Art will arrange all work placements for students: these placements are unpaid and the costs of participation in terms of travel and accommodation expenses are borne by the student, and will vary depending on the location of the gallery concerned.

Why Choose This Course
Students will engage with various theoretical modules including an introduction to global gallery studies, art history for curators and digital arts and humanities, as well as practice-based modules including cutting-edge learning experiences with The Glucksman (UCC's award winning on campus gallery), fieldwork in international galleries and a project-led internship with a prominent fine art gallery in Ireland or internationally.

The MA has a specialisation in global art and gallery studies with a genuine global emphasis. The taught and applied elements of the MA not only engage with Irish, European and American gallery practices, but they also focus on recent state-of-the-art gallery practice in non-western countries—for example in the United Arab Emirates and China. Students are taught by established expert practitioners and we ensure to facilitate networking opportunities for students with industry both nationally and internationally, subsequently exposing our graduates to active employers and potential employment opportunities. Furthermore, responding to industry requirements, training in Digital Arts and Humanities is offered in the programme.

Global Galleries Fieldwork Information:
Students will undertake group international fieldwork of 1 x week duration, which is led by a member of faculty. Fieldwork locations can include: United Arab Emirates or China or USA or various European countries. The fieldwork location will be set in semester 1 and students will receive a scholarship to cover select travel expenses for this 'Global Galleries Fieldwork' module.

Project-Led Gallery Internship information:
Students participate in real-life projects through their internship. Students will undertake 1 x project-led gallery internship of 4 x weeks duration, where they will learn aspects of gallery practices, as well as the opportunity to work on a particular project. The module is comprised of taught workshops in Semesters 1 & 2, and the internship commences towards the end of Semester 2 (March/April). History of Art will arrange all internships for the students.

Skills and Careers Information:
We support the gallery profession through entry-level training and continuing professional development of existing staff.

Placement or Study Abroad Information
Global Galleries Fieldwork Information:
Students will undertake group fieldwork with a member of faculty of one week duration. Students will receive a scholarship to cover select travel expenses for the 'Global Galleries Fieldwork' module. Fieldwork locations can include: United Arab Emirates or China or USA or various European countries.

Project-Led Gallery Internship information:
Students participate in real-life projects through their internship. Students will undertake 1 x project-led gallery internship of four weeks duration, where they will learn aspects of gallery practices, as well as the opportunity to work on a particular project. The module is comprised of taught workshops in Semesters 1 & 2, and the internship commences towards the end of Semester 2 (March/April). History of Art will arrange all internships for the students.

Entry requirements

A candidate for this MA programme must normally hold an honours Bachelor degree, Second Class Honours Grade I (or equivalent), in Arts and Humanities or equivalent international qualification.

Candidates who hold a Bachelor degree with a Second Class Honours Grade II (or equivalent) may also be considered subject to review by MA in Global Gallery Studies selection committee.

As part of the application process candidates must submit a statement of purpose (500 words) acceptable to the MA in Global Gallery Studies selection committee, detailing their interest in the programme, and their particular research interests and methodologies to date, and their future professional goals.

In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, candidates who hold a primary degree other than Second Class Honours, and who demonstrate a high level of significant and relevant experience, may also be eligible for entry to the programme. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

All candidates are subject to interview and must satisfy a selection committee.

Garda Clearance
All students on this programme will require GARDA CLEARANCE in order to attend student placements. University College Cork has made arrangements with the Gardaí in relation to Garda Clearance procedures. All candidates who register on this programme will be required to complete and sign GARDA CLEARANCE FORMS and return them to UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CORK.

Please note: All students must have GARDA CLEARANCE. Should matters arise in the Garda check form, a student may be asked to delay taking up a placement until a clearance is confirmed or, alternatively, they may be requested to leave the course. A further Garda clearance and fit-person's test will be undertaken by the professional registration body CORU upon successful completion of the course, should a graduate apply to use the title of social worker.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

The taught modules are examined through continuous assessment, using a combination of presentations, essays and projects. The work placements are assessed by a Placement Report Portfolio, while the dissertation requires the submission of a 15,000 word written dissertation.

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:
Part I
HA6026 Global Galleries: History, Theory and Practice (10 Credits)
HA6019 Research Methods and Sources for Global Gallery Studies (10 Credits)
DH6004 Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts and Humanities (5 Credits)
HA6023 Cultural Institutions in Practice (10 Credits).
HA6024 Global Contemporary Art (10 Credits).

HA6025 Global Galleries Fieldwork (5 Credits).
Students will undertake international group fieldwork (5 credits) with a member of faculty of one week duration. Students will receive a scholarship to cover select travel expenses for the 'Global Galleries Fieldwork' module. Tentative locations include (1 country will be selected each year): UAE, China, USA and various EU countries.

HA6027 Project-Led Gallery Internship (10 credits)
Students will undertake 1 x project-led gallery internship (10 credits each) of four weeks duration, where they will learn aspects of gallery practice as well as the opportunity to work on a particular project. The module is comprised of taught workshops in Semesters 1 & 2, and internships commence towards the end of Semester II (March/April). History of Art will arrange all internships for the students.

Part II
HA6028 Dissertation in Global Gallery Studies (30 credits).
Students will write a 15,000-word research dissertation on an approved topic of their choice relevant to Global Galleries Studies. The main period for dissertation work is June–September.

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Duration

CKE82: 1 year full-time
CKE83: 2 years part-time

Fees

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7,500.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €15,000.

Additional costs:

Internship module: internships are unpaid and the costs of participation in terms of travel and accommodation expenses are borne by the student, and will vary depending on the location of the gallery concerned.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
We support the gallery profession through entry-level training and continuing professional development of existing staff. Career pathways include:
• Exhibitions Curator
• Archive Digitisation (Gallery website content creation, maintenance and development, including social media integration).
• Employment in Creative Industries
• Researcher
• Global Outreach Officer
• Employment in Editorial Departments
• Programmes and Education Curator/Officer
• Curator of Online Collections
• Artist Advisor
• Critical Writing
• Development Officer
• Administrator/Gallery Assistant
• Gallery/Art Consultancy
• Employment in Heritage and the Arts
• Employment in Cultural Tourism

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    MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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