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, Ph.D Candidate

Curatorial Studies Degrees Offered

We offer two 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 eight 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

 Application Deadline 

Please note that for the academic year 2020-21, no further applications will be considered. We hope that you will consider applying for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. 

Complete applications received by March 15th will be assessed by mid-April. Applications can be submitted after March 15th up until August 1st, but they will only be assessed if space remains in the program. During this time frame, please contact curatorial@carleton.ca  to confirm availability. All applications should be submitted through Carleton 360 by selecting the appropriate option. If you are not a current Carleton University student and you do not already have a Carleton 360 account, you will need to choose Register for Carleton 360. A non-refundable application fee in Canadian funds is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or INTERAC Online.

Admission Requirements 

An Honours bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) in a related discipline, with a B+ standing. Students pursuing a Type 2 Diploma must also fulfill the admission requirements of their degree program and must submit separate applications for each program.

Professionals interested in the Type 3 Diploma, who do not satisfy this degree requirement, must demonstrate professional excellence in the arts and cultural heritage sector. The applicability of previous coursework and/or professional experience will be determined on an individual basis.

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Courses (pre-approval prior to registration in all Curatorial Studies is required)

Curatorial Studies List of Cognate Course offerings for 2020-21

Fall Courses

CURA 5000F: Curatorial Studies Proseminar
This proseminar explores a range of historical, social, economic, educational, ethical, legal, technological and administrative issues concerning the world of museums and related institutions. This course is offered in the Fall Semester only. Instructor: Monica Patterson

CURA 5011: Curatorial Studies Practicum 1
Practical on-site work in the collecting and programming institutions of the National Capital Region (as available), including a written assignment. This course is offered in the fall, winter and summer terms. Instructor: Dr. Stéphane Roy

CURA 5012: Curatorial Studies Practicum 2
Practical on-site work in the collecting and programming institutions of the National Capital Region (as available), including a written assignment. This course is offered in the fall, winter and summer terms. Instructor: Dr. Stéphane Roy

Winter Courses

CURA 5001W: Curatorial Studies Pro-seminar: Visual Arts Stream
Practical examination of art exhibition practices; site visits and workshops designed to help students develop curatorial skills and navigate the museum world. This course trains students in the core competencies of curatorial practice. Instructor: TBA

CURA 5002W Curatorial Studies Pro-seminar: Material and Intangible Cultures Stream
Taught in collaboration with an institution in the National Capital Region. Development of practical and professional competencies with focus on issues specific to curatorial practice in natural and cultural history museums, interpretation/discovery centres, and science centres. Instructor: TBA

CURA 5011: Curatorial Studies Practicum 1
Practical on-site work in the collecting and programming institutions of the National Capital Region (as available), including a written assignment. This course is offered in the fall, winter and summer terms. Instructor: Dr. Stéphane Roy

CURA 5012: Curatorial Studies Practicum 2
Practical on-site work in the collecting and programming institutions of the National Capital Region (as available), including a written assignment.This course is offered in the fall, winter and summer terms. Instructor: Dr. Stéphane Roy

CURA 5013: Directed Exhibition
This project-oriented course will offer a stage-by-stage approach to developing an actual exhibit, in a constant dialogue with museum professionals for each phase of the project, from inception to actual proposal. Permission of the Associate Director, Curatorial Studies is required to take this course. Instructor: TBA