Call for applications – CAS/MAS in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Zurich University of the Arts is amongst the largest art schools in Europe. While firmly anchored in greater Zurich, our influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. Zurich, as the cultural centre for art in Switzerland, provides a unique and vibrant cultural scene at the heart of Europe.
The Postgraduate Programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform, which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition making by ways of praxis-oriented project work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars, and lectures held by an international selection of guests, various fields of knowledge are researched and projects are developed and carried to realization. The programme focuses less on the “genius concept” of the exhibition planner as individual author—a highly controversial topic since the 1990s—than on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods, as employed, for example, in film productions or non-governmental organizations.

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating offers three study opportunities:
– CAS skills areas:
The Certificate of advanced Studies (CAS) is a one-year, part-time course providing participants with key qualifications in all areas of curatorial practice: research, conception, organization and communication, as well as basic theoretical knowledge.
– MAS skill areas:
The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) is a two-year, part-time study programme culminating in an advanced qualification.
It guides participants through an in-depth enquiry into the key areas of curatorial practice and relevant theory. Students have the opportunity to develop and situate their own curatorial projects and access cultural networks. The programme concludes with a major project and written dissertation.
– PhD project outline:
The MAS degree in curating can be attained through the development of a dissertation project rather than a curatorial project.

We accompany the development of a dissertation project as far as the exposé (subject and relevance, hypothesis, state of research, methods, outline). Supervision of PhD projects will be provided by Dr. Dorothee Richter, head of the MAS Curating, in conjunction with the University of Reading.

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