Call for applications: CAS/MAS in Curating 2017
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Above: Christian Falsnaes at Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 2016. Performative intervention. © Christian Falsnaes.
Above: Christian Falsnaes at Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 2016. Performative intervention. © Christian Falsnaes.

Application deadline: June 30, 2017

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

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Postgraduate Programme in Curating
English, international study programme of the ZHdK
We strongly advise to apply as soon as possible.

New: Digital Learning
New:90 ECTS and the possibility to follow partly as digital learning, for our internationally working students.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Head of Programme: [email protected]

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition-making by way of praxis-oriented project ­work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars and lectures held by an international selection of guest lecturers, from various fields.

The CAS/MAS in Curating is an international, English speaking, postgraduate part time programme founded in 2005, our alumni are working worldwide. 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-government organizations. Exhibition-making/curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways.

All modules are based on notions of politics of display, politics of sites, politics of transfer and translation, and politics of knowledge production.
–Project work (exhibition and publishing)
–Recent Art History
–Theory of the Aesthetics, Cultural Theory
–Exhibition Design, Displays
–Digital Media
–Project management / Fine arts administration
–Re-interpreting Collections
–Discourse of Contemporary Topics, Mondialisation and Excursions
–Curatorial English
–MAS Project with Thesis / or PhD proposal

The modules can be studied alongside work. The seminar sessions usually take place Friday and Saturday. This offers the opportunity to continue an occupational activity, or internship, and follow one's own projects parallel to the study programme.

Teaching Team
Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb, Alexandra Blättler, Daniel Morgenthaler

In addition to the teaching team at the University of the Arts we invite a wide range of international curators and artists among others Rein Wolfs, Stella Rollig, Mirjam Varadinis, Mercedes Bunz, Elke Krasny, Avi Feldman, Sabine Himmelsbach, Jacob Fabricius, Katharina Amann, Axel Wieder

Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthalle Zürich, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunstmuseum Thun, Kunstmuseum Bern, Grafik Museum Lljubljana, Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Connecting Space Hong Kong, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien/Centre for art and media, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, OnCurating Project Space, Zürich, Kunstverein Baden Württemberg, Corner College Zürich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien, Kunstakademie Stuttgart, University of Reading,, Webjournal

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.

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 skills 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 Ph.D. projects will be provided by Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, head of the MAS Curating, and Co Director (with Prof. Clausen) of the PhD in Practice in Curating Platform, a cooperation between the ZHdK and the University of Reading, UK.

Please note
English language skills are required, papers can be written either in German or in English.
Additional information on the study programme, the conditions of admission you find at
All application materials must be received by June 30, 2017.

For inquiries please contact: [email protected]

June 21, 2017


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