February 1, 2017 - Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV) - New MA in Curatorship of Architecture and Design
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February 1, 2017
February 1, 2017

Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV)

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New MA in Curatorship of Architecture and Design

Application deadline: February 13, 2017

Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV)
Santa Croce 601, Campo della Lana
30135 Venice


Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV) is pleased to announce the launch of its English-language Master of Arts (MA) in Curatorship of Architecture and Design.

This one-year intensive programme aims to train professionals capable of developing curatorial projects with a solid foundation in theory and critical thinking while developing knowledge in the strategies of exhibition making. The goal of the course is to stimulate innovative curatorial approaches with the aim of generating new ways of thinking and understanding our built and natural environments.

Taking advantage of its location, Università Iuav di Venezia will offer participants a unique opportunity to be immersed in a multicultural and discursive context, specifically during the international exhibition at the Venice Biennale and the Triennale di Milano. The program will be enriched with direct on-site involvement at these events.

The programme will consist of three study modules, an internship placement, and a final curatorial project (as a thesis). Students will be involved in interdisciplinary seminars and lectures related to contemporary curatorial practice. Seminars and lecture series will be conducted by a number of leading curators in the European community alongside cultural practitioners, including designers and architects, and a select group of Professors and educators based in Università Iuav di Venezia.

The programme is seeking applicants from a broad spectrum. Participants with backgrounds in architecture, history, art, anthropology, visual and communication studies, and other related disciplines will discover the multifaceted approach of contemporary curatorial practice (of architecture and design) in the cross-disciplinary and international atmosphere of Venice.

Visiting Professors

Pippo Ciorra, Professor of Theory and Design at the SAAD of Ascoli Piceno; Coordinator of the International Doctorate VdH at the Università Iuav di Venezia; Senior Curator at MAXXI Architecture, Rome

Pedro Gadanho, Director of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon; previously Curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; recipient of the FAD Prize for Thought And Criticism in 2012

Andres Lepik, Director of the Architekturmuseum der TU of Munich; Professor of Architectural History and Curatorial Practice

Luka Skansi, Historian of Architecture and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka, Croatia; Guest Curator at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

James Taylor-Foster, European Editor-at-Large, ArchDaily; Editor, LOBBY Magazine; Assistant Curator of the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Università Iuav di Venezia Professors

Emanuele Arielli, PhD in Psychology and Semiotics (Aesthetics and Theories of Perception)

Maria M. Borgherini, Professor of Architectural Representation & Multimedia Interactivity

Agnes Kohlmeyer, independent art critic, curator and Professor of Contemporary Art in Theory & Practice

Angelo Maggi, Associate Professor of History of Architectural Photography, Architectural History, Visual Communication & Representation

Carmelo Marabello, Professor of Filmology, Visual Media, History & Theory of Visual Anthropology

Angela Mengoni, PhD in Semiotics, Professor of Visual Semiotics and Image Theory

All the courses will be conducted in English. If English is not your first language and you do not hold a diploma from an institution at which English is the language of instruction, you will need to book and pass an examination by February 27, 2017.

To be admitted it is necessary to hold a five-year degree in one of the following fields: Architecture, Design, Art, or related disciplines connected to Architectural History, aesthetic or cultural practices from an accredited university. Applications will be approved or denied on a case-by-case basis.

Interested candidates with questions are invited to contact Mateo Eiletz, director of the programme, at: meiletz [​at​] iuav.it

Deadline for applications: February 13, 2017

Apply here

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