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.
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).
- 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
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesVisual Arts Art History Museum Studies View 96 other Masters in Museum Studies in United States
- 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
International60446 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.
National60446 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.
Living costs for Los Angeles
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