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Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice offers an expanded perspective on curating contemporary art and culture. Alongside traditional forms of exhibition making, this two-year master's degree program emphasizes the momentous impact over 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. It is distinguished by an international, interdisciplinary perspective, and it reflects San Francisco's unique location and cultural history by placing a particular importance on the study of curatorial and artistic practices in Asia and Latin America.

The programme was established in 2003 by the curators Kate Fowle and Ralph Rugoff. It provides practical training in curating and organizing exhibitions as well as rigorous study in the history of the discipline, modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. Many courses take place off-siteóboth in the Bay Area and farther afield in Tokyo, Tijuana, Detroit, Vancouver, and elsewhere. Close, ongoing partnerships bring students into direct contact with artworks, archival materials, and artists, and allow them to engage in original research and collaborative projects. The other graduate programs at CCA also offer many opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange, and we privilege collective and collaborative forms of practice. The programme organiz es numerous exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and other forums for the discussion of ideas.

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

Applications deadline for the fall 2010 incoming class is 5 January 2010.

Contact: Allison Terbush, Program Manager, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA 94107, USA; tel.: 415.551.9239; e-mail: aterbush@cca.edu; www.cca.edu/curatorialpractice