Students in Curatorial StudiesOur unique 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.

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.

 Application Deadline 

July 1 

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.

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

Fall Courses

CURA 5000: 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.

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.

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.

Winter Courses

CURA 5001: 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.

CURA 5002 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.

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.

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.