Museum and Curatorial Studies

Museum and Curatorial Studies provides a wider understanding of the cultural production of museums and their communities.


Museum and Curatorial Studies provides a wider understanding of the cultural production of museums and their communities.

The Museum and Curatorial Studies program offers an interdisciplinary approach to art history, commerce, Canadian studies, and classics.

Only available as a minor.

At a Glance

Degree options
Minor only


At Mount Allison, the Museum and Curatorial Studies program takes advantage of the University's significant arts and culture resources and professional staff.

Resources include:

  • Owens Art Gallery
  • Art Conservation Lab
  • Colville House
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Visiting Artists and Curators program

Course offerings include:

  • arts and culture management
  • museum education and community engagement
  • curating and critical writing
  • close study of collections and issues around collecting, including the repatriation of Indigenous objects
  • archives
  • critical study of art museums and galleries
  • museum and gallery practicums

Students pursuing a minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies can undertake an experiential learning component in their senior year.

Museum and Curatorial Studies is available as a minor only.

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Conservation Lab Intern Bex Steinberg (BFA) working in the Art Conservation Lab located in the Owens Art Gallery

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Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.


A background in Museum and Curatorial Studies can lead to professions in:

  • curating
  • museum education
  • conservation
  • collections
  • marketing or administration in the arts


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The Museum and Curatorial Studies program at Mount A offers a wide range of in-class and experiential learning opportunities for students. I have had the chance to learn from various museum professionals; both as professors and guest speakers. This tight-knit program offers students an opportunity to critically analyze contemporary museums, while also learning about the development and history of these institutions. Working closely with the Owens Art Gallery, students have many opportunities for hands-on learning that can prepare them both for graduate studies in the field, as well as professional work in museum and gallery spaces.

Victoria Grace
Art History, minors in French, Museum and Curatorial Studies, and Visual Communication and Culture
Moncton, NB
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My minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies has really assisted in my plans for future study and work in this field. These courses helped me connect my interests in art and business over my time at Mount Allison.

Art History and Classical Studies, minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies
Tokyo, Japan


Owens Art Gallery

Opened to the public in 1895, Mount Allison’s Owens Art Gallery is the oldest university art gallery in Canada and is an invaluable resource to students.

The gallery’s collection contains 3,200 works of art, including paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and multi-media work by established Canadian and international artists.

One of the featured permanent exhibitions is devoted to the work of renowned Canadian artist — and Fine Arts alumnus — Alex Colville ('42).

At the Owens Art Gallery students work at the front desk, assist with family programing and undertake placements in the Art Conservation Lab.


Art Conservation Lab

The Art Conservation Lab at Mount Allison is a significant resource within the Owens Art Gallery — it provides facilities and equipment for the documentation, preservation and treatment of artwork from the Gallery's collection.

It also offers important mentoring opportunities for Mount Allison students who wish to work with the gallery's Art Conservator. This is the only paintings conservation lab in New Brunswick.


Lassonde scholarships, awards, and internships

As part of a $5 million gift to establish the Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts at Mount Allison, the Lassonde Family Foundation generously created and funded entrance scholarships, performance awards, and student summer internships, including:

  • Gibbens Lassonde Performance Award (Art History/Museum and Curatorial Studies) valued at $7,000
  • Three summer internships offered each year in partnership with other Canadian universities, museums, and galleries


Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts; however, a minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies can be combined with any degree.

Academic Awards


Mount A is #2 in student awards

Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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