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Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Art Curating will provide you with a rich combination of core academic skills, historical knowledge, critical insight and community-engaged experience, creating pathways to careers and professional development in art institutions of all types.

You will explore and analyse traditional institutions such as museums and galleries, as well as the expanding field of contemporary curating and its wide range of non-traditional exhibition spaces, including artist-run and community art spaces, public art projects, festivals and commercial spaces.

Why study with us?

Taught partly at Sydney College of the Arts, you will have access to our gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture. You will benefit from collaboration with eminent institutions including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. We offer excellent resources, including the Schaeffer Library Australia's finest dedicated modern and contemporary art library.

Enjoy a vibrant calendar of social events, research seminars, an active student association and access to the University's art collections and galleries.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Art Curating are required to complete 48 credit points, including:

  • 12 credit points of core units of study; and
  • 18 credit points of core elective units of study; and
  • maximum of 18 credit points of elective units of study.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Art Curating requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a major in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous Studies or related field and a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in Art Curating with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

You can progress from the Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or Masters, or from a Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Career Pathways

Graduates will possess a strong foundation in the history of art museums and their cultural impact, and an awareness of the changing nature and role of curators in society and the current challenges they face.

Domestic students

International students

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