About This Course
Global Gallery Studies
CKE82 full-time; CKE83 Part-time
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
EU Fees 2020
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2020
Bachelor Honours degree, 2H1 (or equivalent), in Arts and Humanities or equivalent international qualification. Bachelor Hons degree with a 2H2 (or equivalent) may also be considered subject to review by MA in Global Gallery Studies selection committee. See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply
Non-EU Closing Date
7 September 2020
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.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
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.
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.
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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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.
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.
Who teaches this course
The MA Director is Dr Mary Kelly (née Healy), Lecturer in Contemporary Art History, Theory and Gallery Studies, History of Art, UCC, with other lecturers including Professor Fiona Kearney, Director, The Glucksman; Chris Clarke, Senior Curator, The Glucksman; Tadhg Crowley, Senior Curator in Education and Community, The Glucksman; Dr Orla Murphy, Lecturer, Digital Arts and Humanities; Dr Carlos Garrido Castellano, Lecturer, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, as well as a number of guest lecturers.
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.
What an MA in Global Gallery Studies Means for Your Future Career
“The course is structured to perfection ensuring that as a student I get maximum exposure to both art, the gallery space and other disciplines that supplement these studies. I have been able to apply philosophy, psychology, etymology, iconography, geography, history, digital humanities and archaeology and many other humanities subjects to my essays, presentations and general discussions which makes this MA a fantastic choice for Arts & Humanities students in general. The MA prepares you for the workplace and the highly practical nature of the course is a delight as I get the opportunity to participate in the curation of a project in a dedicated gallery space. This MA is by far the most forward-thinking and ground-breaking education I have experienced.”
“As soon as I heard about University College Cork’s new MA in Global Gallery Studies, I knew it was the course for me. For the longest time I could not decide whether I wanted to pursue an MA in History of Art or Gallery Studies; however, upon discovering the MA in Global Gallery Studies, I can now say it is a wonderful combination of both of these two aspects and suits me perfectly.”
“The lecturers are always willing and able to meet with students and work with them on their own individual strengths so that they can get as much out of the programme as possible. What appealed to me the most about this programme was that there was an opportunity to do a field trip as well as an internship during your time. Both of these opportunities allow us as students, to use the theory we have learned in the classroom and apply it in a working gallery space.”
“I cannot speak highly enough of this MA: it is giving so much to me. I am given the opportunity to study and research so many topics, perspectives and spaces which were previously unfamiliar to me. My thinking is pushed outside of my comfort zone, yet I am supported. I am now even questioning my role and position in the world as an Italian and European woman: I love that.”
“What was unique about my learning experience in the United Arab Emirates was that I did not just observe works of art in gallery spaces, but I also met the artists and curators behind the exhibitions…I feel that this trip broke down barriers for me.”
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.
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
- 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
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.
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 here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
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.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €7,500.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €15,000.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com .
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.
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
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Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKE82,CKE83Additional questions
Written References are required from All Applicants who are not a University College Cork Graduate in the last two years. Applicants will be required to supply two written references, one of which should be a previous supervisor of studies. Written references should be sent directly to the Course Director: by email firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to MA in Global Gallery Studies, History of Art, 5 Perrott Avenue, University College Cork. Ireland.
All candidates are subject to interview and must satisfy a selection committee
Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 JuneApply Now