Curatorial Practice, Master's, 2 years

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits90


Objectives / Contents

The duration of the master's programme is four semesters. The nominal scope of work is 22.5 credits per semester. Master's Degree in Curatorial Practice is awarded to students who complete and pass the study programme. The Programme Description for Master's Degree in Curatorial Practice

master's degree allows the candidate to apply for admission to the Artistic Research Fellowship Programme.


The main elements of the programme

A master's project must be developed and realised by the student during the course of the programme. It must be an independently executed curatorial project that demonstrates the student's ability to implement a project and that reflects a discursive understanding. The ability to reflect on one's own and the work of others is also emphasised. The student will be responsible for all aspects of the project, including its funding.

The time frame for the project is the duration of the programme. It is a requirement that the project is publicly accessible.

The main tutor and external tutors will provide individual tutoring during the programme. The main tutor will be appointed by KMD. The external tutor must have relevant expertise to the individual student¿s development and help to build relationships and networks in the field. This tutor is proposed by the student and approved by the Head of Department.

The project consists of three parts: a pre-project to be approved in the second semester, the realised project, and documentation and written reflection presented for final assessment in the last semester. The following four points must be addressed in the pre-project:

  • Intention: An account of the project's key issue(s) and aims, with a description of the professional contexts the project relates to
  • Work schedule: A plan for development and implementation of the project
  • Budget: An overview of required resources and sources of funding to enable a realistic assessment of how the project can be implemented
  • Presentation: An indication of how, where and in which format the project is to be realised

The seminars are an important shared professional platform for the students, where the development of their individual master's projects is a recurring topic of discussion. The seminars will alternate between lectures and workshops including exhibition histories, writing and textual analysis, the role of the curator, legal issues, as well as project management and production. Different ways of staging exhibitions and other spaces for art and topics pertaining installation are also discussed in plenary sessions.

As a rule, four seminars will be held per semester, at least three of which will be study trips. The purpose is to see different types of exhibitions, exhibition venues and institutions, and to meet curators and artists, as well as building networks. One study trip during the second semester is individual.

In-depth theory studies: The reading list comprises compulsory reading, recommended reading and literature relevant to the individual student's projects. The in-depth theory studies include work on different types of texts and approaches to writing about art and curatorial practice in a critical, reflective and analytical manner. In addition, the students must give two theory based seminar presentations during the programme.

The seminar presentations should relate to the common theory syllabus and discuss an exhibition, art installation, catalogue text or similar. The seminar presentations must be submitted in written form prior to the exam. The students will regularly present the different stages of their master's project. Active and critical involvement in and discussion of each other's projects are also considered part of the in-depth theory studies.

Documentation of the master's project must be in a relevant and reproducible format. Depending on the nature of the individual project, the documentation can be in the form of a catalogue, film, web-based presentation, photo, sound recording etc. The documentation must also include a written part, which must elaborate on the intentions and aims in the pre- project, describe the process and the resulting project. The project must also be contextualised and its theoretical foundation reviewed. The written part should be suitable for oral presentation supported by other material. The presentation and documentation material create the foundation for the final exam assessment, in which two external examiners will take part.

The mandatory components of the programme

  • Seminar attendance and participation must be at least 80%
  • Approved pre-project
  • Two seminar presentations
  • Participation in the planning and execution of a public teaching seminar
  • Exam: a presentation of a completed master's project with documentation

Programme structure

Master i kuratorpraksis (krav 90 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
KURATOR 1MA Curatorial Practice 1. semester22.5-1
KURATOR 2MA Curatorial Practice 2. semester22.5-2
KURATOR 3MA Curatorial Practice 3. semester22.5-3
KURATOR 4MA Curatorial Practice 4. semester22.5-4
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

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