November 29, 2013

MA in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art: call for applications

Aalto University
CuMMA students building the AYE / NAY / ABSENT – a collection of realities exhibition together with the museum staff at EMMA museum in Espoo. Photo © Mikko Raskinen.

The School of Art, Design and Architecture of Aalto University welcomes applications for the Master’s degree programme in the field of visual art and design. CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) is a two-year, trans-disciplinary major on contemporary art and its publics. It provides a structure for reflecting and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and in the public sphere.

During the studies we explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledge. This major therefore gives the students the opportunity to learn with and from artists, activists, practitioners and theorists.

The studies develop comprehensive and innovative professional expertise in critical curating, managing and mediating art. The students learn to navigate the multifaceted theoretical and practical sceneries of the art world. CuMMA graduates are professionals who are able to use their knowledge both imaginatively and critically in various tasks and organizations within the contemporary art scene.

CuMMA is lead by Professor Nora Sternfeld. Examples on the past and ongoing CuMMA projects and lectures can be found on our new website. A series of CUMMA PAPERS, articles and interviews featuring current discourses from the field, are also available from the site.

Autumn 2014 applications are due January 31, 2014, and are available online at

For more information, visit or our new website, or email [email protected].

Aalto University and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Aalto University, located in the Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland, is a community of 20,000 brave minds. We provide world-class education in the fields of art, technology and business. The combination of the three fields brings a whole new dimension to studying: in addition to the traditional degree options, the students have the possibility to build a unique study experience that corresponds to their personal preferences and career aspirations.

At the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, theory meets practice. The school focuses on learning through practical assignments and projects. Our students create human-centered environments for living, well-being, learning and working.

The main focus points in research are in design, digital media, audiovisual communication, art, visual culture, architectural solutions of well-being and community as well as city planning. The school prepares its students to work as multidisciplinary and competent professionals in the fields of art, architecture, design, media, film, television and scenography.

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