MA in Curatorial Practice


In the age of globalization, the curatorial practice of selecting, organizing and interpreting information is increasingly important to make sense of the world. CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice focuses on the strategic and analytic skills required in making effective exhibitions, stimulating public programs, and meaningful written texts.

First of its Kind in Curatorial Programs

The first program of its kind on the West Coast at the time of its founding in 2003, CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice is a two-year program designed to give students a deep understanding of art, artists, galleries, and museums in order to empower their work in the art world. Our learning environment is highly interdisciplinary, offering students exposure to industrial and graphic design, architecture, visual culture studies, and conversations around sustainability in order to develop and inform their developing practice. Alongside faculty, students work with visiting artists, writers, curators, and other museum professionals from large-scale institutions to emerging nonprofits. CCA’s acclaimed Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is an invaluable resource for the program and the site for students’ culminating exhibition.

About Our Faculty

Each year, the Curatorial Practice program hosts a world-class selection of visiting curators and artists with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and disciplines. In direct collaboration with faculty and students through lectures, exhibitions, and critiques, these distinguished figures are essential in keeping the program relevant and connected within the curatorial world at large.

We particularly encourage applications from students who are interested in thinking broadly about innovative forms of exhibition making and who find inspiration in current artistic practice and potential in the curatorial role.

We welcome highly motivated applicants from a broad spectrum of cultural, professional, and academic backgrounds.

Recent Projects

The Next 25 Years: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education Symposium 
Martin Wong
Many Places at Once
Words and Places: Etel Adnan 

For information on programs and resources available to all CCA graduate students, see Graduate Studies.