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Graduate Programme in Curatorial Practice

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco is a two-year master's degree programme offering an expanded perspective on curating contemporary art and culture. Alongside traditional forms of exhibition making, the programme emphasizes the momentous impact in the last half century of artist-led initiatives, public art projects, site-specific commissions, and other experimental endeavors that take place beyond the confines of established venues. The program is distinguished by an international, interdisciplinary perspective.

The program was established in 2003 by curators Kate Fowle and Ralph Rugoff. It provides practical training in curating and organizing exhibitions as well as rigorous study in modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. Close, ongoing partnerships with outside organizations bring students into direct contact with artworks, archival materials, and artists, and allow them to engage in original research and collaborative projects. The programme also organizes numerous exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and other new forums for the discussion of ideas.

Central to the programme's philosophy is the development of the curriculum with faculty who are active professionals. Core instructors include curators, art historians, and other art professionals from prominent institutions throughout the Bay Area.

Application deadline is 15 January 2009. An undergraduate degree in the history of art, fine art, or other appropriate area of the humanities or social sciences is required, as well as relevant practical experience in the visual arts and a demonstrated commitment to curating. For full details on the application process please visit http://www.cca.edu/admissions/grad or contact Allison Terbush, programme manager, at aterbush@cca.edu or 415.551.9239.

Contact: Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA 94107, USA; tel.: 415.551.9239; http://www.cca.edu/curatorialpractice, sites.cca.edu/curatingarchive