CAS/MAS in Curating postgraduate programme

CAS/MAS in Curating postgraduate programme

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

“Small Projects for Coming Communities” symposium, Stuttgart, 2019. View of performance by Zoncy, in Discoteca Flaming Star’s Sticky Stage.

June 5, 2019
CAS/MAS in Curating postgraduate programme
Call for applications for 2019/2020

Application deadline: June 30, 2019
“Small Projects for Coming Communities” in Zurich: June 7–22, with workshops by Hidden Institute and Neue Dringlichkeit and lecture by Gregory Sholette
Oncurating Project Space, Ausstellungsstrasse 16, Zurich
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

International, English speaking programme offered by Center for Continuing Education at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.

Closing events of the educational year 2019

June 6, 6pm: Diploma exhibition
ZHdK, Room 5.K01
with the launch of Oncurating issue 41: “Centres & Peripheries – Complex Constellations”
(constant cooperation with the webjournal

June 7, from 1pm: Opening of Small Projects for Coming Communities
Oncurating Project Space, Ausstellungsstrasse 16, Zurich
with workshops by Hidden Institute and Neue Dringlichkeit i.a. and a lecture by Gregory Sholette

June 17–21: Curating on the Move 
Summer workshop in Venice

The postgraduate programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition-making by way of praxis-oriented project ­work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars and lectures held by an international selection of guest lecturers, from various fields.

The CAS/MAS in Curating is an international, English speaking, postgraduate part time programme founded in 2005, our alumni are working worldwide. 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/curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways.

Head of the programme: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter
Contact: dorothee.richter [​at​]

Brief outline
–Contemporary discourse on art and curating (see
–Carrying out single and collaborative exhibition projects and cooperation projects
–Distance Learning opportunity (for participants from abroad every session can be attended online)
–MAS with 90 ECTS
–Possibility to advance to the PhD Programme in Practice in Curating

Guest speakers
In addition to the teaching team at the University of the Arts Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb, Alexandra Blättler and Daniel Morgenthaler we invite a wide range of international curators and artists among others Sabih Ahmed, Marius Babias, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ursula Biemann, Beatrice von Bismarck, René Block, Lionel Bovier, Sabeth Buchmann, Zasha Colah, Diedrich Diederichsen, Sergio Edelsztein, Claire Farago & Donald Preziosi, Alistair Hudson, Jeanne van Heeswijck, Daniel Kurjakovic, Maria Lind, Florian Malzacher, Oliver Marchart, Shwetal Patel, Oliver Ressler, Stella Rollig, Support Structure, Adam Szymczyk, Mirjam Varadinis, Axel John Wieder, Joanna Warsza, Rein Wolfs, and more.

Cooperation partners
Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthalle Zürich, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunstmuseum Thun, Kunstmuseum Bern, 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/Centre for art and media, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, OnCurating Project Space, Zürich, Kunstverein Baden Württemberg, Corner College Zürich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien, Kunstakademie Stuttgart, University of Reading,, Webjournal, Kunstmuseum Basel

Collaborations with
–the publication platform
–the PhD in Practice in Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme, University of Reading

ZHdK and Zurich
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.

English language skills are required for classes. Papers can be written either in German or in English. Additional information on the study programme, the conditions of admission you find here: or For inquiries please contact: dorothee.richter [​at​]

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