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MFA Curatorial Practice Courses

View titles & descriptions for the Curatorial Practice (MFA) program's courses offered.

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Course # Course Title Credits
CP5500 Writ: Artists/Critics/Curators 3.00 credits
Students develop writing skills for a variety of exhibition situations. The areas of study cover four different areas: the exhibition catalogue essay; interpretative material for the gallery (wall text, curatorial statements, brochures, labels); press release and marketing texts; and grants and exhibition proposals. Emphasis is placed on clear, informative writing that amplifies, rather than marginalizes, the voice of the artist, critic and curator in the community. The portfolio of writings produced is geared towards initiating and maintaining a conversation with the community at large.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

CP5600 Thesis I: Fieldwork & Research 3.00 credits
First year students will conduct fieldwork to research and conceive a written/visual proposal for their second year independent thesis project. Tapping opportunities afforded by the program to partner with arts, education and community organizations, they will consider urban public spaces as contexts and environments for presenting art, and explore alternative exhibition designs and education initiatives both within and outside of traditional venues. The proposal, a combination of writing, physical and digital models, sketches, site visits, videos, renderings, and/or maps, must document the student’s fieldwork, and demonstrate the ways the exhibit will connect with the interests, the goals and identity of the site and community in which it is placed.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP5650 Practicum I 3.00 credits
A studio course for first year students who will collectively research, propose and plan a solo, group or thematic exhibition which includes regional, national and international artists. Within the proposal, students must address how their exhibit, created for and with the Station North Arts community, will engage the diverse audiences of Baltimore. The exhibition’s concept and direction will be arrived at through a cooperative, flexible system of decision-making using physical and digital models, sketches, site visits, video, and renderings.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP5700 Thesis II: Proposal 3.00 credits
Proposals will be critiqued and approved by program director and thesis committee.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP5750 Practicum II 6.00 credits
Continuation of Practicum I. First year students will produce and install their exhibition in the Studio Center gallery centrally located to the Station North Arts community.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP5800 Intercultural Approaches to CP 3.00 credits
Students will be introduced to the history and theory of curatorial practice from the position of intersectionality and interdisciplinary, cultural contexts. A series of case studies will analyze the politics and ethics of exhibition-making and their effects on specific communities, audiences, and culture at large.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

CP5810 Connecting Audiences 3.00 credits
This course considers the principles and methodologies pivotal to providing diverse audiences with meaningful experiences with art. Students will consider theory related to art, experience, and learning, and will develop relevant tools for community engagement, public programming, and outreach initiatives. Topics include learning theory, socially engaged art and education, audience-centered planning and research, and evaluation techniques. In addition to individual projects, the class will undertake a group project utilizing a community partner/ cultural institution each semester.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students only (All programs)

CP6000 Graduate Seminar I 3.00 credits
Both first and second year students participate in seminar led by the program’s director. This studio course will serve as a laboratory to investigate the process and working methods of exhibition creation, the role and responsibilities of curators, and examine curatorial practice as an artistic, social, and critical pursuit. Workshops and talks with visiting artists, curators and critics will provide critical dialogue, feedback, and encourage exploration and group discussion. Periodic field trips to D.C.-Baltimore-Philadelphia- New York cultural corridor will give students the critical context to analyze both theoretical and historical issues relevant to their practice.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP6100 Graduate Seminar II 3.00 credits
Both first and second year students participate in seminar led by the program’s director. This studio course will serve as a laboratory to investigate the process and working methods of exhibition creation, the role and responsibilities of curators, and examine curatorial practice as an artistic, social, and critical pursuit. Workshops and talks with visiting artists, curators and critics will provide critical dialogue, feedback, and encourage exploration and group discussion. Periodic field trips to D.C.-Baltimore-Philadelphia- New York cultural corridor will give students the critical context to analyze both theoretical and historical issues relevant to their practice.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP6200 Graduate Seminar III 3.00 credits
Both first and second year students participate in seminar led by the program’s director. This studio course will serve as a laboratory to investigate the process and working methods of exhibition creation, the role and responsibilities of curators, and examine curatorial practice as an artistic, social, and critical pursuit. Workshops and talks with visiting artists, curators and critics will provide critical dialogue, feedback, and encourage exploration and group discussion. Periodic field trips to D.C.-Baltimore-Philadelphia- New York cultural corridor will give students the critical context to analyze both theoretical and historical issues relevant to their practice.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP6300 Graduate Seminar IV 3.00 credits
Both first and second year students participate in seminar led by the program’s director. This studio course will serve as a laboratory to investigate the process and working methods of exhibition creation, the role and responsibilities of curators, and examine curatorial practice as an artistic, social, and critical pursuit. Workshops and talks with visiting artists, curators and critics will provide critical dialogue, feedback, and encourage exploration and group discussion. Periodic field trips to D.C.-Baltimore-Philadelphia- New York cultural corridor will give students the critical context to analyze both theoretical and historical issues relevant to their practice.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP6600 Thesis III: Production 6.00 credits
Independent studio experience for second year students who will plan and prepare work for thesis project. Each student will organize a self-directed thesis project which is reviewed through critique and discussion by program director, thesis committee and visiting guests.

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only

CP6700 Thesis IV: Presentation 6.00 credits

MFA Curatorial Practice graduate students only