Postgraduate
MA Global Gallery Studies

University College Cork

Course Overview


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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

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.


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Furthermore, responding to industry requirements, training in Digital Arts and Humanities is offered in the programme.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All candidates are subject to interview and must satisfy a selection committee.

English Requirements

  • DET Minimum Requirements (Duolingo)
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.
  • IELTS Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
  • TOEFL Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: TOEFL 90 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Pearson PTE
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


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

Notes


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.