The MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere 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 led by USC Roski's internationally acclaimed faculty, which includes renowned artists, scholars, critics and curators.
MA Program Outcomes can be found here.
View Critical Studies/MA faculty here.
View the MA Handbook, which includes a sample course of study here.
Application instructions here.
MA Info Sessions
We encourage potential applicants to attend one of our regularly scheduled Info Sessions in the fall. These informative "open house" events feature an overview of the program and application requirements, along with a tour of the facilities and the MFA Art studios. They are scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2018; Thursday, November 1, 2018; and Friday, December 7, 2018. RSVP here to confirm your attendance. Prospective students are also encouraged to attend our weekly Roski Talks during the fall and spring semesters.