The duration of the master's programme is four semesters. The nominal scope of work is 22.5 credits per semester. Master's Degree in Curatorial Practice is awarded to students who complete and pass the study programme. The master's degree allows the candidate to apply for admission to the PhD in Artistic Research Programme.
The main elements of the programme
A master's project must be developed and realised by the student during the course of the programme. It must be an independently executed curatorial project that demonstrates the student's ability to implement a project and that reflects a discursive understanding. The ability to reflect on one's own and the work of others is also emphasised. The student will be responsible for all aspects of the project, including its funding.
The time frame for the project is the duration of the programme. It is a requirement that the project is publicly accessible.
The main tutor and external tutors will provide individual tutoring during the programme. The main tutor will be appointed by KMD. The external tutor must have relevant expertise to the individual student’s development and help to build relationships and networks in the field. This tutor is proposed by the student and approved by the Head of Institute. There is a minimum of 2 main tutorials per course, one of which is a group tutorial. The external tutor is provided with 20 working hours for preparations, tutorials and follow-up work during the duration of the full study programme, of which minimum 10 hours should be individual tutorials.
The project consists of three parts: a pre-project to be approved in the second semester, the realised project, and documentation and written reflection presented for final assessment in the last semester. The following four points must be addressed in the pre-project:
- Intention: An account of the project's key issue(s) and aims, with a description of the professional contexts the project relates to
- Work schedule: A plan for development and implementation of the project
- Budget: An overview of required resources and sources of funding to enable a realistic assessment of how the project can be implemented
- Presentation: An indication of how, where and in which format the project is to be realised
The seminars are an important shared professional platform for the students, where the development of their individual master's projects is a recurring topic of discussion and where in-depth studies of contexts for curatorial practice happen. The seminars will alternate between lectures and workshops including exhibition histories, writing and textual analysis, the role of the curator, legal issues, as well as project management and production. Different ways of staging exhibitions and other spaces for art and topics pertaining installation are also discussed in plenary sessions.
As a rule, four seminars will be held per semester, at least three of which will be in-depth studies of contexts. The purpose is to be immersed in a local context to see different types of exhibitions, exhibition venues and institutions, and to meet curators and artists, as well as building networks. One seminar during the second semester is an individual study trip.