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Graduate Concentration in Curatorial Practice

The Curatorial Practice Concentration allows Graduate students to earn a mark of distinction that demonstrates their dedication to Curatorial Practice as a critical, collaborative, and creative pursuit that relies on writing, research, fieldwork, teamwork, design, public proposal, presentation, hands-on production, community engagement, and public programming.

Overseen and managed by the director of the MFA in Curatorial Practice and the Office of Graduate Studies, this concentration is formed through the successful completion of (12) twelve credits (or four, three-credit courses) of graduate-level work in courses described below and following approval of documentation of a final project.

Goals

  • Students will analyze exhibitions to understand how exhibitions can entertain, instruct, alter perception, energize community, and keep pace with culture.
  • Students will consider the impact of different exhibition strategies and multi-disciplinary work.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and advanced literacy skills by locating, evaluating, and integrating information gathered from multiple sources into effective organized exhibitions, writing, and presentations.
  • Students will support their peers and work well in teams.
  • Students will relate their work to their own interests.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize information from multiple sources into exhibitions and writing.
  • Communicate with clarity through public presentation.
  • Compose an expansive view of the field of curatorial practice by evaluating contemporary and historical exhibitions.
  • Create accessible exhibitions and programs.
  • Work well in teams to create exhibitions and related materials.

Eligibility

The Graduate Concentration in Curatorial Practice is available to students in the following programs:

  • Teaching (MAT)
  • Filmmaking (MFA)
  • Graphic Design (MFA)
  • Illustration Practice (MFA)
  • LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)
  • Mount Royal School of Art (MFA)
  • Photographic and Electronic Media (MFA)
  • Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

Students in other programs who are interested in the concentration should contact their advisor, the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment in Graduate Studies, or the director of the MFA for Curatorial Practice.

Courses for the graduate concentration in Curatorial Practice

Completing the following courses would satisfy course requirements for the Graduate Concentration in Curatorial Practice:

Course TitleCourse #CreditsNotes
CP 5500 Writing for Curators, Artists, and Critics 3 credits Liberal Arts Course, usually offered every Fall semester.
CP 5800 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Curatorial Practice 3 credits Liberal Arts Course, usually offered every Spring semester.
CP 5810 Connecting Audiences 3 credits Liberal Arts Course, usually offered every Fall semester.
CP 6000
CP 6100
CP 6200
CP 6300
Seminar I
or Seminar II
or Seminar III
or Seminar IV
3 credits each With Instructor Approval. Studio Course; two parts of the sequence are offered each semester.
AH 405 Exhibition Development Seminar Part I 3 credits Liberal Arts Elective, usually offered every Fall
EX 405 Exhibition Development Seminar Part II 3 credits Must be taken in sequence with Part I. Studio Course, usually offered every Spring.

The following courses are examples of courses that may satisfy course requirements for the Graduate Concentration in Curatorial Practice, depending on the course syllabus the semester they are offered. Courses like these are offered most years. Students must fulfill requirements and prerequisites for these courses. In order to count towards the concentration, students will obtain permission from the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment in Graduate Studies or the director of the MFA in Curatorial Practice for courses such as:

Course TitleCourse #CreditsNotes
AH 391 Topics in Curatorial Studies 3 credits Liberal Arts Course
AH 395 Archive/Gallery/Museum Practice 3 credits Liberal Arts Course
AH 475 The World on Show 3 credits Liberal Arts Course
CRST 5525 Critical Voices 3 credits Liberal Arts Course
CRT 5574 Design/Writing/Research 3 credits Liberal Arts Course
Publishing Culture 3 credits Liberal Arts Course
GD 312 Publication Design 3 credits
GD 470 Signs, Exhibits, & Spaces 3 credits
HIST 415 Museums, Nature, and Power 3 credits Liberal Arts Course
ILP 5500, ILP 5550 Critical Seminar I & II 3 credits each Must be taken in sequence. Liberal Arts Course

In order to determine if a course not listed above can be counted toward the concentration requirements, students will consult with the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment in Graduate Studies or the director of the MFA in Curatorial Practice.

Additional information on courses

Professional internships completed for credit at local cultural institutions may count toward this concentration, with approval of the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment in Graduate Studies or the director of the MFA in Curatorial Practice.

Where available, students may also complete appropriate 1-credit and 2-credit courses, or on-line, low-residency, distance or summer courses at MICA for this concentration with approval.

There may also be suitable courses that students can enroll in at local colleges and universities through Baltimore Student Exchange Program, with approval. Credits may be transferred from other institutions toward the requirements of the concentration with approval.

Requirements completed toward degree programs may be counted toward this concentration as appropriate.

Students must pass each class counted toward the concentration. (Graduate students at MICA are required to a grade of "B" or better to pass undergraduate courses.)

Final Projects for the concentration may involve writing and documentation that the student will develop independently, including but not limited to:

  • catalog essays and/or a curator statement/manifesto, and/or interpretative material for the exhibition, and/or press materials;
  • an archive of five to eight images showing collaborative or individual curatorial work as a result of their classwork in the concentration, and curatorial work outside of class. (These images may be a combination of designs or renderings and installation photographs.)

This page was last updated on 05/23/2016.