Call for applications:CAS/MAS in Curating (Further Education)
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Above: How we live now, 2015. Collaborative project with Fine Arts students of Lucerne at Museum Bärengasse.
Above: How we live now, 2015. Collaborative project with Fine Arts students of Lucerne at Museum Bärengasse.

Application deadline: June 30, 2016
Info events: Thursday, March 31 & 21, 6pm

Zurich University of the Arts
Room 6.K04: level 6, section K
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform, which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition making by ways of praxis-oriented project work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars, and lectures held by an international selection of guests, various fields of knowledge are researched and projects are developed and carried to realization. The programme focuses less on the “genius concept” of the exhibition planner as individual author—a highly controversial topic since the 1990s—than on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods, as employed, for example, in film productions or non-governmental organizations.

ZHdK and Zurich 
Zurich University of the Arts is amongst the largest art schools in Europe. While firmly anchored in greater Zurich, our influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. Zurich, as the cultural centre for art in Switzerland, provides a unique and vibrant cultural scene at the heart of Europe.

Cooperations and excursions
We cooperate internationally with art institutions and we are organizing international excursions see

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating offers three study opportunities:
CAS skills areas:
The Certificate of advanced Studies (CAS) is a one-year, part-time course providing participants with key qualifications in all areas of curatorial practice: research, conception, organization and communication, as well as basic theoretical knowledge.

MAS skill areas:
The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) is a two-year, part-time study programme culminating in an advanced qualification.

It guides participants through an in-depth enquiry into the key areas of curatorial practice and relevant theory. Students have the opportunity to develop and situate their own curatorial projects and access cultural networks. The programme concludes with a major project and written dissertation.

PhD project outline:
The MAS degree in curating can be attained through the development of a dissertation project rather than a curatorial project.

We accompany the development of a dissertation project as far as the exposé (subject and relevance, hypothesis, state of research, methods, outline). Supervision of PhD projects will be provided by Dr. Dorothee Richter, head of the MAS Curating, in conjunction with the University of Reading.

Target group:
The program is designed for persons working in art, culture, and the media; graduates of art academies and universities of applied sciences in the disciplines of art, architecture, interior architecture, photography, interior decoration, installation, design, theatre, scenography, and music; as well as university graduates in the fields of art history, cultural studies, or literary studies.

The program is also suitable for candidates who have acquired certain curatorial skills through practical experience.

Admissions requirements:
a) University degree (Bachelor, Diploma or Master) from a university of applied sciences, general university, Federal Institute of Technology, or a professional school
b) or a comparable degree and corresponding professional experience
c) and determination of aptitude by the programme director

Programme aim:
The aim of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating is to examine changes in current cultural production and develop innovative displays in that context. Particularly for participants from the fields of design, art, culture, and media, the programme aims to open new perspectives in the professional field. The programme accordingly also fosters the development of an international network by involving an international spectrum of lecturers and providing opportunities for students to conduct internationally oriented projects.
We strongly advise to apply as soon as possible.

Head of Programme
Dr. Dorothee Richter, Curator, author, publisher, filmmaker: [email protected]

Scientific Researcher
Ronald Kolb, designer, lecturer, filmmaker, editor: [email protected]

Further Education
Esther Notz: [email protected]

March 23, 2016