Spotlight: MA in Global Gallery Studies, University College Cork

Theory meets practice in UCC’s new MA in Global Gallery Studies program!

A program unique in Ireland, the MA in Global Gallery Studies is a one-year accelerated masters program focusing on preparing students for careers in the gallery sector and/or in fine arts institutions in Ireland and abroad. The program is directed by History of Art, UCC, in association with the Glucksman Gallery and Digital Arts and Humanities, and emphasizes learning in both the theoretical and real-world realms. Dr Mary Kelly, Programme Director of the new MA in Global Gallery Studies says of the program, “We explore the term ‘global’ both theoretically and geographically. Through these lenses, we pursue investigation of various galleries and art organizations, as well as art and curatorial practices, from countries/regions around the world. ”

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Interested, but want to know what MA in Global Gallery Studies students think about the program? Read some testimonials below for more information!

“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 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 a MA in History of Art or Museum 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.”

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