Postgraduate Programme in Curating CAS/MAS

Postgraduate Programme in Curating CAS/MAS

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Opening of Queering the Exhibition, March 2018, Oncurating Project Space, Zurich. Courtesy Zurich University of the Arts.

April 23, 2018
Postgraduate Programme in Curating CAS/MAS
Call for applications for October 2018

Application deadline: June 30, 2018
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

Offered by Centre for Continuing Education
The International, English-speaking programme at the ZHdK

In cooperation with the publication platform: and PhD in Practice in Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme, University of Reading.

–Distance Learning opportunity
–90 ECTS (with MAS + 2 Workshops)
–Possibility to advance to the PhD Programme in Practice in Curating

Get in touch at the information events:
Thursday, May 17, 6pm at Toni-Areal, Room 4.T09
Thursday, June 14, 6pm at Toni-Areal, Room 6.H02
or online: dorothee.richter [​at​]

All application materials must be received by June 30, 2018.
For inquiries please contact: ronald.kolb [​at​] / dorothee.richter [​at​]

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating (CAS/MAS Curating) is an international, English speaking, postgraduate part-time programme founded in 2005. It is conceived of as a discursive platform which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition-making, knowledge production and curating by praxis-oriented project work. We understand curating as an activity and as an agency, as an interdisciplinary work process.

–Critical reading, discussing and an excessive network; our alumni are working worldwide. Since 2017 we offer distance learning opportunities.
–With instruction modules, group activities, seminars and lectures held by an international selection of guest lecturers from various fields.

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-government organizations. Exhibition-making / knowledge production/curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts, discourse and knowledge through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways.

All modules are based on notions of politics of display, politics of sites, politics of transfer and translation, and politics of knowledge production.

(1) Project work (exhibition and publishing)
(2) Recent Art History
(3) Theory of the Aesthetics, Cultural Theory
(4) Exhibition Design, Displays
(5) Digital Media
(6) Project management / Fine arts administration
(7) Re-interpreting Collections
(8) Discourse of Contemporary Topics (Mondialisation) and Excursions
(9) Curatorial English
(10) MAS Project with Thesis / or PhD proposal

The modules can be studied alongside work. The seminar sessions usually take place Friday and Saturday. This offers the opportunity to continue an occupational activity or internship and follow one’s own projects parallel to the study programme.

Teaching Team: Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb, Alexandra Blättler, Daniel Morgenthaler

Guests: In addition to the teaching team at the University oft he Arts we invite a wide range of international curators and artists see, among others Adam Szymczyk, Rein Wolfs, Stella Rollig, Sergio Edelzstein, Mirjam Varadinis, Mercedes Bunz, Elke Krasny, Avi Feldman, Sabine Himmelsbach, Jacob Fabricius, Katharina Amann, Axel Wieder and many more.

We are cooperating for projects and symposia with OnCurating Project Space; Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst; Badischer Kunstverein; Kunsthalle Zürich; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Künstlerhaus Bremen; Kunstmuseum Thun; Kunstmuseum Basel; Grafik Museum Lljubljana; Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Connecting Space Hong Kong; Humboldt Universität Berlin; Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe; Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; Württembergischer Kunstverein; Corner College Zürich; Kunsthaus Zürich; Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien; Kunstakademie Stuttgart; University of Reading; Webjournal and many more.

CAS: Two semesters (200 contact hours and approximately 200 hours of independent study)
MAS: Four semesters (600 contact hours and approximately 200 hours of independent study)

CAS: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Curating: 23.5 ECTS
MAS: Master of Advanced Studies in Curating ZFH: 65 ECTS
Each year one additional workshop: 7.5 ECTS
MAS with two workshops: 90 ECTS

Course language
Due to growing international demand, the CAS and MAS are offered in English. Candidates may submit seminar papers in either German or English.
Please note: English language skills are required, no German is required, papers can be written either in German or in English.

Course times
Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings (10 hours per week)

Project supervision
Project work requires a certain amount of flexibility

Subject to modifications
For further courses, course details, deadlines, locations, application form, and faculty information,
please see: /

All application materials must be received by June 30, 2018.
For inquiries please contact: ronald.kolb [​at​] / dorothee.richter [​at​]

Zurich University of the Arts
Postgraduate Programme in Curating CAS/MAS
Continuing Education
Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zurich

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