This course allows you to study the role of museums, galleries, country houses and heritage sites from an historical and contemporary perspective, alongside history of art and culture.
You’ll learn about the interpretation, display, education and communication practices of museums, galleries, heritage and cultural institutions, with visits and privileged access to museum, gallery and country house collections throughout the course. You’ll study the history of art and think critically about its development and effects, examining the social history of art and some of the theories and approaches that can help us to interpret works of art, from aesthetics to anthropology.
You’ll gain a critical understanding of the history and theory of visual and material culture within the context of the history of museums and art galleries. Our excellent links with local institutions and a dedicated work placement will also allow you to learn about current museum practice through first-hand experience of working in the sector.
The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and research. The cutting-edge research conducted through our Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market feeds directly into our teaching, meaning you have access to the latest knowledge in these areas.
We have a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Brotherton Library Treasures Gallery. ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles is housed on campus to collect, preserve and document textiles and related areas from around the world.
We have a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles is housed on campus to collect, preserve and document textiles and related areas from around the world. Project Space, a new multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions, sits at the core of the School’s new building.