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April 1, 2021

Curatorial Studies

Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts of University College Ghent

Martijn Petrus, Contra-Camo. Installation view, The Garden Is Older Than The Field, 2019–20. Photo: Bart Vanoppen.

The Curatorial Studies programme at KASK & Conservatory at University College Ghent (HOGENT) and Howest is an intensive one-year English-language postgraduate course aimed at applicants with an MA in the arts, humanities or sciences (or equivalent) and a keen interest in contemporary art and / or design. Established in 1999, KASK’s Curatorial Studies is the only postgraduate curatorial programme in Belgium, benefitting from a unique partnership between KASK & Conservatorium, the University of Ghent, the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (S.M.A.K.) and Kunsthal Gent. On this course students become familiar with contemporary exhibition practices across a variety of contexts, such as museums, foundations, artist-run spaces and commissioning agencies. Curatorial Studies at KASK stands out among comparable European and North American programmes for the breadth of skills it covers, from conservation and exhibition history/theory to collection building and mediation. Through this programme, students are equipped to excel in the curatorial field, in its practical as well as theoretical applications.

Subjects
Curatorial Studies at KASK considers curation—from the latin ‘cura’, to care for—to be a vital link between cultural production and the wider social sphere. In this expanded definition, the curatorial touches the entire spectrum of cultural production, including historical and artistic research, documentation and archival projects, and the organisation of public events. Curatorial Studies students are confronted with the diverse possibilities of the curatorial—from the collection, conservation and study of modern and contemporary art to developing new ways of making art public through on- and off-line displays, publications, pedagogical, social and performative interventions.

KASK & Conservatorium’s Curatorial Studies programme not only encourages students to develop their personal curatorial practice through the making of exhibitions, publications and events—with a final project acting as a culmination point—it also lays emphasis on the history and theory of exhibitions. Through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent research, students become conversant with the most up-to-date debates within the contemporary curatorial field, particularly as these intersect with social, political and ethical issues. Drawing on Ghent’s exceptional cultural history and resources, as well as its proximity to major European cities, the programme comprises behind- the-scenes visits to key art institutions in Belgium and in neighbouring countries. The students’ experience is further enhanced by regular talks by prominent speakers.

All Curatorial Studies staff members are research-active and recognised in their areas of specialisation, as conservation specialists, mediators, curators, and scholars. This expertise allows for an immersive experience, where students are immediately put into contact with real-world situations and professional challenges. Thanks to the programme’s structural partnership with the University of Ghent and S.M.A.K., students enjoy access to world-class research and museum resources within walking distance of the Bijloke campus.

Equipped with the extensive knowledge and contacts acquired during the programme, students (re)enter the professional field in a position of strength. Many of the programme’s alumnae/i find employment in the artistic sector upon graduation, in museums, galleries, non-profit art spaces, governmental cultural agencies, biennials, artist studios, magazines and, not least, academia. Moreover, given the long history of the programme, Curatorial Studies graduates benefit from a large network of alumni/ae who remain active within the cultural field.

The programme is taught in English.

How to apply?
Applicants must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent. For information about admission requirements and how to apply click here or contact Paul Lamont (paul.lamont [​at​] hogent.be). Please consult our official guidelines here.

International candidates are strongly advised to participate in the first session round. The interviews will take place via Zoom or Teams.

Enrollment fee: 2950 euro. Other study-related expenses (books, study trips, etc.) should be expected.
Start of the programme: The programme will start on September 24, 2021.
Course length: One year full time. Classes are given from Mondays to Wednesdays while Thursdays and Fridays are dedicated to personal research or internships/visits.

For any further question please contact curatorial.studies [​at​] hogent.be

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