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Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere

University of Southern California

24 months
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The Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere MA program at University of Southern California is an intensive Master's-level course in the practice and history of art, curating and critical theory. With a focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art and its publics.

Overview

What you will learn

The Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere MA program at University of Southern California features courses that focus on new developments in the scholarship and theory of contemporary art and courses that emphasize research and the conception and realization of exhibitions as practices. Course highlights include the Curatorial Practicum, a multi-term laboratory of exhibition-making and theory in relation to the public sphere. Students work collaboratively to conceptualize, research and organize a culminating project. 

This includes mounting a public exhibition and presenting a connected publication and programming in Los Angeles. In a Master's Thesis, students develop individual, original research on a topic in contemporary art with the guidance of faculty.

The MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere offered at University of Southern California aims to bring students to a high level of understanding of the history and theory of curatorial practices, with attention paid to questions of how curating activates art in relation to a range of publics. The seminars and the Roski Talks/Graduate Lecture Series address theories and histories of art and performance, and focus on theories of social practice, the public sphere, what constitutes art’s publics, and how curatorial practice can address and engage various different kinds of audience.

Accreditation

The University of South Califronia (USC) is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission (WASC Senior or WSCUC) of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methodologies of Art Writing
  • Social Space, Publics and Counter-Publics
  • Curatorial Practicum
  • Curatorial/Organizational Models
  • Histories of Art in the Public Sphere
  • Contemporary Art in the Public Sphere
  • Critical Conversations
  • Theorizing the Public Realm

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

39 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3
GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, or equivalent, from an accredited school (minimum 3.0 overall GPA)
  • official academic transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation from instructors or persons able to comment on the applicant's academic potential
  • a 1500- to 2000-word personal statement
  • a writing sample
  • the GRE General Test

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

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