Art Education is not art education is not art education

3 art education opportunities + 3 countries + 3 art focal points + 3 art faculty = 3 totally different learning experiences:


1. MA Curatorial & Critical Studies;  Frankfurt, Germany

2. Gwangji Bienanale Int’l Curator Course, China

3. MFA Graduate Programs, Maryland Institute College of Art, US


The opportunities to study art are as diverse as art itself.



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1. Goethe University Frankfurt / The State Academy of Fine Arts – Staedelschule

Two-year Master of Arts Program by Goethe University Frankfurt and the State Academy of Fine Arts – Staedelschule – in cooperation with Staedel Museum, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, the MMK Museum fuer Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt and the Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt am  Main

Start: Winter Semester (Wintersemester) 2011/12

Application deadline: May 31, 2011



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The main focus of this Master of Arts Program Curatorial Studies – Theorie – Geschichte – Kritik is the scholarly examination of the complex tasks of curating and art criticism, with an emphasis on their theoretical and practical application. It is the aim of this program to combine an object-related approach with theoretical expertise. While other programs have primarily focused on contemporary art, here the examination of curating and art criticism includes earlier periods and different fields of cultural studies as well.

In a globalized art world, and in response to developments within contemporary art, the presentation of art and art historical objects has become a complex challenge, which necessitates the consideration of art historical as well as cultural, social, political and philosophical aspects. Museums and other art institutions have to face the task of rephrasing the notion of the public realm. The repercussions apply not only to institutions directly involved with contemporary art. In fact, the shift is as fundamental as to be of concern to the operations of traditional art historical, ethnological and historical collections.

Program description:

The Master’s study program provides prospective curators, exhibition organizers and art critics with a theoretical and practical basis for their future occupation. Already during their master’s program, students have the opportunity to combine academic expertise with curatorial skills and practical knowledge. The Frankfurt program of study features a cooperation—unique in Germany—of committed university departments, outstanding museums and an internationally renowned academy of fine arts.

Program structure:

During the first year students are in constant contact with the cooperating museums. University seminars provide an opportunity for the participants to extend their expertise. Furthermore, criteria and categories of art criticism as well as academic principles of art theory and aesthetics will be discussed.

A course module on the history of the museum and exhibitions complements the program. A two-month-long internship, preferably resulting in the collaboration on an exhibition project, offers insight into the curatorial departments of a museum or exhibition institution. Fundamental to the second year is the development of the master’s thesis, and in-depth work on object-related approaches combined with theoretical inquiry.


The master’s thesis consists of the theoretical and methodical substantiation of a curatorial and critical project, yet there is no set format. A scholarly text is obligatory in each case. One part of the master’s thesis may be submitted in a different format, for example an exhibition concept or a documentation of an exhibition.

The degree "Master of Arts" (MA) is being jointly awarded by Goethe-University and the Staedelschule; respective competencies acquired will be certified by a "Diploma supplement".

The Master of Arts Program Curatorial Studies – Theorie –Geschichte –Kritik creates the opportunity for admission to a subject-specific doctorate.

Teaching Staff and Lecturers:

Staff includes university teachers at Goethe-University and the Staedelschule as well as directors and curators of the Staedel Museum, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, the MMK Museum fuer Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, the Museum der Weltkulturen and the Portikus. Additional experts will be brought in for individual events and projects. The program is taught in German and English. Proficiency in English is expected.

Number of Students:

Annual admission of between 12 and 15 students ensures a small and intensive research experience in specially arranged seminars and events.

Application requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree with a minimum of 6 semesters, with at least 120 CPs in art history, archaeology, art education, philosophy, ethnology or history. Fine art graduates may also apply.

Applications must be sent in by August 31, 2010 (postmark), and include a single-page statement of purpose (SoP), résumé (CV) as well as copies of relevant certificates, to the following address:

Kunstgeschichtliches Institut der Goethe-Universitaet, Studiengang Curatorial Studies – Theorie – Geschichte – Kritik, Senckenberganlage 31, 60325 Frankfurt. Please also send your application via email to the following address: Further information on the program and the application process is available on our website.



Gwangju Biennale

Call for Applications: The 3rd Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course


August 8–September 3, 2011

Application deadline: May 17, 2011

? Hosted by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation & the Metropolitan City of Gwangju
? Chaired by Yongwoo Lee (Executive Vice President, Gwangju Biennale)
? Directed by Co-Directors, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale (Ai Weiwei, Seung H-sang) 
Co-Artistic Directors, 2012 Gwangju Biennale (Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu)
? Visiting Professor: Ute Meta Bauer (Associate Professor & Director of Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning)
? Sponsored by Chosun University

The Gwangju Biennale hosts its third edition of International Curator Course. The course, which has attracted much attention from young curators across the globe since its inception in 2009, takes place in parallel with the Gwangju Biennale and the Gwangju Design Biennale.

The visiting professor for this year’s course will be Ute Meta Bauer, an internationally acclaimed curator and professor at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. She was co-curator of Documenta11 (2002), artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), and founding director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2002–2005.) Her exhibitions include Architectures of Discourse at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona (2001), First Story – Women Building / New Narratives for 21 Century, a main exhibition for the European Cultural Capital Porto 2001 and the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana /San Diego. Most recently she served as the director of SITAC VI What’s left…What remains? SITAC VI (Mexico City 2008.) The first visiting professor was Barbara Vanderlinden, founder and artistic director of the Brussels Biennial, followed by Dan Cameron, artistic director of Prospect New Orleans Biennial.

This year, the course will include practice in preparation of the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale, which will start on September 2. The key subject of the course is the Exhibition as Communicative Space and will include: discussions about criticism and analysis of comprehensive phenomenon of how contemporary art, design, architecture, sound and performance, and publications as dominant art forms of visual culture adapt, co-exist, and conflict with market system; the course will reflect upon creative responses to conflict and crisis versus problems of value judgment on today’s market-led cultural phenomenon and cultural movement, and the role of curator as a cultural translator and mediator between the two; and exploration of alternatives for ecological health of increasingly globalized art and culture.

The course consists of special lectures by visiting professor Bauer along with discussions and practices under the guidance of artistic directors and curators of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale as well as 2012 Gwangju Biennale. Co-Directors of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, Co-Artistic Directors of 2012 Gwangju Biennale, Prof. Maurizio Bortolotti of NABA, Milan, and Nader Tehrani, architect and Head of Department of Architecture at MIT who participates in 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale will join the lectures and seminars.

The course will be delivered in English. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in the process of installation and preparation for the biennale as assistants of artistic directors and curators. They will make group presentations in the final week before guests including biennale participating artists and curators. Visits to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios in Gwangju and Seoul are also scheduled.

The Gwangju Biennale will grant tuition and accommodation to participants during the entire course in Gwangju. Participants will be responsible for their roundtrip airfares to Gwangju and living expenses during their stay in Gwangju. Since the course aims to give young curators opportunities to receive in-depth training, an age restriction has been set at 35 and under.

The application must include:

1. Application form (download from http://
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Motivational statement illustrating the applicant’s interests and explaining the reason for application (1,000 words max.)
4. A copy of the most relevant published texts and reports of realized curatorial projects.

Send your application by email:


3. Maryland Institute College of Art

Graduate Programs at MICA Provide Cutting-edge Approaches to Art & Design


New MPS in Information Visualization

For over a decade, MICA has created robust educational programs that balance fine arts with design and electronic arts. This trend continues as the college offers an expanded array of graduate offerings, launching six new and innovative programs in 2011. MICA is also developing additional programs for 2012, including a MPS in Information Visualization, the first professional degree of its kind offered by an art college.

New Graduate Programs at MICA

The MFA in Curatorial Practice, the first such MFA in the country, prepares students to expand the definition of the practice and bring new audiences to visual art through a variety of curatorial projects.

The MFA in Community Arts program allows artists to use their artmaking in support of community development and investigate the relationship of the citizen artist to community building.

MFA in Illustration Practice candidates elevate their artistic and business abilities, blend media within new cultural contexts, and integrate research and critical analysis into their work.

MA in Social Design candidates explore the belief that social change can happen through design by participating in collaborative projects supporting a range of community-defined objectives.

The unique MPS in the Business of Art and Design provides a comprehensive, highly concentrated education in business management specifically for artists, designers, and related professions.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design offers students an intensive immersion in the practice, preparing them for advancing their careers and applying to competitive MFA programs.

In Development for 2012

The MPS in Information Visualization, the first such program offered by an art college, will allow artists and designers to translate their existing skills to the visualization industry and related fields. The program is designed for artists and designers as well as professionals in fields where the access to and management of large amounts of complex data through visualization is essential—including architecture, urban planning, homeland security, strategic planning, health, social networks and more.

Additional Graduate Programming at MICA

  • Graphic Design (MFA)
  • Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)
  • Mount Royal School of Art  (Multidisciplinary MFA)
  • Photographic & Electronic Media (MFA)
  • Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)
  • Studio Art (Summer Low-Residency MFA)
  • Art Education (Online/Low-Residency MA)
  • Community Arts (MA)
  • Teaching (MAT)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

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