Final call for applications: CAS/MAS in Curating postgraduate programme—digitally expanded

Final call for applications: CAS/MAS in Curating postgraduate programme—digitally expanded

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Excursion ruruHaus, Kassel, 2020.

June 29, 2021
Final call for applications: CAS/MAS in Curating postgraduate programme—digitally expanded

Application deadline: June 30, 2021
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

The CAS/MAS in Curating is an international, English-speaking programme offered by the Centre for Continuing Education at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland. 
Applications are still open, with only a few places left.

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating was established in 2005, adding an international trajectory in 2008. We are constantly broadening our international network, reaching out to contemporary art curators worldwide and critiquing “Western” canons and conventional formats of exhibiting. Since 2018, programme participants have been able to attend all courses online.

The programme is embedded into the ecosystem with the journal, and the travelling workshop series “Curating on the Move” and hosts a vast network of international guest lecturers (see here). Last year, we collaborated with the Bucharest Biennale and the Taipei Biennale. This year, we collaborated with Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich and the Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong for the conference and workshop event Situated Knowledges.

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

Upcoming projects of the 2021 academic year
October: “Are we all here? Exploring Embodied Virtuality Today”
Multi-formatted project featuring an onsite and online exhibition, interventions, and events

OnCurating issue: “In Case of Emergency—Curatorial Thoughts in Times of Social Distance” (WT)

OnCurating issue: “Unsettling Exhibitions Histories“ (WT)
Edited by Paz Guevara and Elena Agudio

Postgraduate Programme in Curating
The Postgraduate Programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform which involves 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, part-time postgraduate programme founded in 2005; our alumni work worldwide. The programme focuses less on the “genius concept” of the exhibition planner as individual author—a highly controversial topic since the 1990s—and more on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods, as employed, for example, in film production or non-government organisations. Exhibition-making/curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts and contemporary discourse through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field, art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways.

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 lecturers: Sarah Spies, Independent Curator / Paz Guevara, Curator, researcher and author, Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Martin Fritz, Curator, advisor, and publicist / Shwetal A Patel, Kochi Muziris Biennale

Guest speakers: In addition to the teaching team at the University of the Arts, Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb, Martin Fritz and Sarah Spies, we invite a wide range of international curators, scholars and artists, recently including, among others latest Johan Hartle, Raqs Media Collective, Ana Paula Cohen, Paz Guevara, Annette Bhagwati, Michael Birchall, Elke Krasny, Tobias Berger, Maria Hlavajova, Hajnalka Somogyi, Björn Gottstein, Maura Reilly, Olivia Anani, Michelle Wong, Sören Grammel, Charles Esche, Sabih Ahmed, Marius Babias, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ursula Biemann, Beatrice von Bismarck, René Block, Lionel Bovier, Sabeth Buchmann, Zasha Colah, Sergio Edelsztein, Claire Farago & Donald Preziosi, Alistair Hudson, Jeanne van Heeswijck, Daniel Kurjakovic, Maria Lind, Florian Malzacher, Oliver Marchart, Cesare Pietroiusti, Shwetal Patel, Farid Ragun (ruangrupa), Oliver Ressler, Stella Rollig, Henk Slager, Support Structure, Adam Szymczyk, Mirjam Varadinis, Axel John Wieder, Dmitry Vilensky, 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, Tai Kwon, Hong Kong.

Collaborations with: the publication platform and 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. As the cultural centre for art in Switzerland, Zurich 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. You can find additional information on the study programme and the conditions of admission at or For inquiries, please contact: dorothee.richter [​at​]

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