Students in Curatorial StudiesOur unique Curatorial Studies program spans the arts, social sciences and sciences, exposing students to a wide range of museological and curatorial issues. Through the program’s strong relationships with museums, galleries and festivals in the
National Capital region, students also receive hands-on, discipline specific training and exposure to professional best practices.

“The program is enriching my critical curatorial competencies, and exposing me to relevant curatorial trends.” – Hilary Dow

Curatorial Studies Degrees Offered

We offer the Graduate Diplomas in Curatorial Studies to domestic and international students. The Type 2 Diploma is for students seeking to acquire practical skills in addition to a disciplinary MA or PhD at Carleton and will give them a combination of academic training and professional skills available nowhere else in Canada.

Our standalone Type 3 Diploma is for students who would like to supplement their completed academic degrees with practical training or for practitioners who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills. This interdisciplinary program is twelve months long and includes a practicum component.

Carleton is located in the heart of Canada’s national capital, with a large concentration of galleries, museums, heritage and arts organizations with many experiential opportunities. Significant components of the program are delivered in collaboration with professionals from these institutions, both on-campus and in the field. These opportunities afford our students both real-world experience and excellent employment networks.

The Canadian Museum of Nature will be receptive to Carleton graduates who require work placement experience, to professors and their students who want exposure to our curatorial practises, and to providing insights and subject matter for case studies and other work projects. – Mark Graham, Vice President, Research and Collections, Canadian Museum of Nature