March 2, 2022

Call for applications 2022: MA in Curating

Aarhus University

Image: Cynthia Post Hunt.*

The MA in Curating at Aarhus University is a professional Master’s degree programme designed for practitioners and professionals in the fields of curating, cultural programming, education and communication. It is an international, two-year, part-time and low-residency degree programme that enables you to establish an interdisciplinary understanding of curating in contemporary society and develop your own position within the field. The programme is designed in a way that allows you to maintain a full-time job while studying.

Content and structure
Building on the experience of the students enrolled in the programme, the MA in Curating focuses on the close relationship between practice and theory, doing and thinking, and experience and reflection. During the programme, you will be introduced to theories, concepts and methodologies that enable you to analyse and evaluate curatorial practices and projects and to self-reflectively develop your own curatorial practice. The MA in Curating is furthermore organised in a way that allows you to pursue individual learning and research interests alongside the course work.

The programme comprises four modules: Curatorial Practice, Curatorial Theory, Curatorial Knowledge Production and Dissemination, and Master’s Thesis. We convene for three extended weekend seminars at Aarhus University or associated partner institutions during each of the first three modules. The final module supports the students’ thesis-writing process and is primarily online. The programme includes lectures, discussions, group work, independent study, peer learning, workshops, field trips, individual supervision and peer feedback, and is supported online by AU’s digital learning platform.

Lecturers and partner institutions
Throughout the programme, you will be able to expand your network through interaction with international curators, scholars and fellow students—both in the classroom and during field trips.

The MA in Curating provides a challenging, international study environment that draws on the expertise of researchers across departments at Aarhus University as well as visiting scholars and curators. Together with students, lecturers on the programme have previously discussed curating in relation to topics such as interdisciplinarity, care, the posthuman, postcolonial archives, contemporaneity, performativity and forensic architecture.

Recent lecturers include: Adam Bencard, María Berríos, Tine Colstrup, Rhea Dall, Mathias Danbolt, Jacob Fabricius, Lars Bang Larsen, Marie Laurberg, Jacob Lillemose, Jacob Lund, Anika Marschall, Sidsel Nelund, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Temi Odumosu, Lisa Rosendahl, Mathias Ussing Seeberg, Olga Schubert, Iris van der Tuin, Magda Tyżlik-Carver and Christina Varvia.

The programme has partnerships with a number of international art and cultural institutions that we visit and engage with throughout the two years, for example Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (DK) and Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (SE).

Application deadline: May 31, 2022
Programme duration: September 2022–August 2024

For further information and to apply, please visit MA in Curating. If you have any questions, please contact the course coordinator Trine Friis Sørensen (trinefs [​at​]

*Image above: Concept by MA in Curating students inspired by symposium workshop.

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