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Master of Public Art Studies Program: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere

The Master of Public Art Studies Program: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts in Los Angeles is a unique platform to research art, curatorial practices, and modes of cultural organizing in relation to the material/social conditions of public space, and the contemporary public sphere. The graduate programme's 2-year interdisciplinary course of study encompasses seminars on curatorial practice/organizational methods; social, urban and media theory; critical writing; exhibition histories; and selected topics in art and architectural history. Students examine how artists, curators, organizers, architects and other cultural producers engage the complexities of public space, while also investigating the theoretical and pragmatic conditions of the public sphere.

The programme features a curatorial practicum that functions as a laboratory for students to collaborate on the development and organization of an exhibition project that explores city-space. Students are also responsible for the research and writing of a thesis that develops innovative concepts and new scholarship on art, public space, and the public sphere. The program supports students in their academic and professional development as curators, organizers, critics, writers and scholars.

Application deadline for the 2010-2011 Academic Year has been extended to 10 May 2010.

Contact: Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Watt Hall 104 University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0292, USA; tel.: 213 743 8540; fax: 213 743 4563; e-mail: pasprog@usc.edu; roski.usc.edu/pas