Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere

About the Program

The M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices is an intensive Master's-level program in the practice and history of curating studied through the lens of critical theory and the history of art. With a focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, as well as attending to art historical curating and broader conceptions of curating such as performance art programming, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art (broadly construed) in relation to its publics. Over two years of full-time academic study, students explore modes of curatorial practice in a curriculum combining seminars and professional training. Courses are lead by USC Roski's internationally acclaimed faculty, which includes renowned artists, scholars, critics and curators.

The M.A. features courses that focus on the history of art, exhibitions, and aesthetics, with a focus on contemporary art and theory. Other courses emphasize direct practical experience leading towards the realization of art exhibitions but also performance art programming and other hybrid modes of arts curating. Course highlights include the Art & Curatorial Visits, with hands-on contact with curatorial programs, public art venues, and related art institutions across Los Angeles; the Internship (giving students an opportunity to work in one of these institutions for course credit); and the Curatorial Practicum, a multi-term laboratory of exhibition making and arts programming. In the Practicum, students examine case studies of curatorial practices around the world and then work either individually or collaboratively to conceptualize, research, and organize a culminating curatorial project either in one of USC Roski's campus galleries or in an alternative venue (actual or virtual). In the final semester, students collectively produce a catalogue, website, or other cultural interface between the curatorial projects and the public. In their Master's Thesis, students develop individual, original research on topics in contemporary art relating to curatorial projects produced while at the Roski School.

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Graduate Fine Arts Building
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact the M.A. program at or 213-743-1804.