Modern curatorial practices
New curriculum for the 2019/2020 academic year.
The aim of the curriculum is to provide training in project management and to immerse in the modern theory of culture through lectures and seminars on the fundamental history of art, philosophy and literature.
Terms and price of the training:
2 years (4 terms)
215 000 rub per year
Training start: October 1, 2019.
Application deadline: May 1st to August 19th, 2019.
Nowadays curatorial practice is becoming one of the most high-demanded and addressed to modernity practices, requiring being the most involved in the current context from a specialist in this area. “Art Management in Culture and Art” program offers to immerse both in the symbolic field of creating curatorial projects and in the organizational component of this activity.
Along with the educational process, the program provides an opportunity to get involved in the professional community: thanks to the experimental format, students can expand their knowledge and practices not only with the help of academic tools, but also through interaction within creative environment.
Who it is for
The program is designed for students interested in curatorial work as in a critical, social and creative activity that responds to the needs of our time. The goal of the program is to give students not only the necessary tools, but also to immerse them in the field of aesthetic, philosophical and social issues that are an integral part of any practice, including contemporary art.
The direction is suitable both for students only developing their professional skills, and for those who already have relevant experience.
The educational process of the program is structured to maintain balance between the theoretical and practical components of supervision. The main objective of the “Curatorial Practices” module is to form a unique vision of the future supervisor, as well as to acquaint him with the ways that will allow him to implement his vision.
The program is mainly focused on solving creative problems and highly professional implementation of curatorial projects.
After successful graduation, the graduate receives a Master’s degree in “Management in Arts and Culture” and a diploma of advanced training course with “Curatorial Practices” qualifications.
There are obligatory basic courses, which consist of subjects that form a holistic view of European culture; original courses telling about modern approaches in the field of humanitarian studies; foreign languages (optional), which during the period of study become working tools. There are also subjects devoted to cultural management and necessary in order that the knowledge gained could acquire a material form of studies, exhibitions and art projects.
Subjects and courses:
- History of European Philosophy
- History of European Literature
- Introduction to the history of art
- Introduction to psychoanalysis (Sosland Alexander)
- Cultural studies (Kirill Kobrin)
- Organization of museum spaces (optional)
- Publishing basics (optional)
- Philosophy of the XX and XXI centuries (Elena Petrovskaya)
- The latest trends in philosophy
- The history of the culture of the new time (Oleg Aronson)
- Digital marketing in art and culture
- Russian literature.
- Socio-cultural design (optional)
- Entrepreneurship in the cultural field (optional)
- Contemporary art theories (Stepan Vaneyan)
- Psychosemiotics (Marina Novikova-Grund)
- Project management in culture
- Basics of PR in culture
- Optional second foreign language
- Arts history and psychoanalysis
Additional supervision courses (3rd-4th term)
- Exhibition space and context
- Supervision and medium-specificity
- Art history for a supervisor (critical art history)
- History of contemporary world art
- History of contemporary Russian art
- History of curatorial practices
- Theory of the visual
- Theory of performativity and supervision of performative art
- Institutional criticism
- History and theory of everyday life
- Memory studies
- Basic concepts of critical theory (Ilya Budraitskis)
- Postcolonial theory (Madina Tlostanova)
- Gender studies (Irina Zherebkina)
Practical work on your own project:
- Research — theoretical study and project preparation
- Pre-production — the preparatory stage of the project
- Project implementation — a stage requiring practical skills.
Practice, internships and field trips
Practical immersion of students in the professional field occurs in stages:
1st year of studies:
1st term — weekly seminars where an intensive study of critical theory with leading theorists in the field of culture and art takes place
2nd term — internships in partner organizations: Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, Moscow School of New Cinema, SHAR School of Animation Film
June — visiting sessions in St. Petersburg and visiting museums under the supervision of teachers of the European University; practical seminars related to the museum life of Moscow
2nd year of studies:
3rd term — internships in partner organizations
4th term — work on your own project
- “Orphic Games” at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
- Review Sessions — once a month, students meet with professionals in the field of modern art in their workshops: supervisors, art managers, artists who will talk about the specifics of their work and the process of project preparation.
- Organized trips — as an additional program for students, trips to major contemporary art events (biennials, festivals) and leading museum institutions (Museum of Contemporary Art in Stockholm, Museum of Modernity (Hamburg Station) in Berlin and Pompidou Center in Paris) are organized for a fee. A visit to the educational program in St. Petersburg is done.
Educational environment and events
This is the periphery, which turns into an energy center of the educational process, because it is here that freedom is possible which is necessary for the intellectual and creative transformation of reality.
Original author’s courses:
- Music theory. Music criticism (Vladimir Martynov)
- History of philosophy of technology. China (Vladimir Malyavin)
- Language of eyesight (Artur Aristakisyan)
- Theatre. Language (Anatoliy Vasilyev)
- Anthropology of death (Sergey Mohov)
- Autobiography (Valeriy Podoroga)
- Research of science and technology (Denis Sivkov)
- Color symbolism from antiquities to the XX century
- Antiquity and modern popular culture
- History of physicality and sexuality
- Laboratory of Lacanian psychoanalysis
- Open translation laboratory
- Interdisciplinary laboratory for the study of communication problems within semiotic approach
- «Collective norm» — an online project dedicated to Vladimir Sorokin’s “Norm” novel and timed to his lecture, held at our University
- «In search of Hamlet» — a project to create costumes for a play; implemented together with Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
- «The Melting Apocalypse» — an exhibition, carried out together with Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
- «Lost & found» — an audio installation interpreting the sound space of the university
Open lectures, events, reading groups, film screenings, and performances
The current schedule can be foundhere
- Interaction with the key figures of modern art
Our teachers are successful in many areas, including media, museums, galleries, music business and academy. Many of them, having their own curatorial and art projects, are aimed at sharing their experience and understanding the mechanisms of work of creative environments, the industry and art policy in Russia and abroad.
- Experience exchange
The program “Curatorial Practices” is implemented jointly with leading cultural institutions of Moscow and foreign colleagues. During training, students of the “Curatorial Practices” module will be actively involved in interacting with students from other specialized modules, thereby expanding the possible approach and their ideas about formal and methodological principles.
- Independent work and portfolio
Each student from the very beginning of training develops projects within each of the courses. The tasks are structured in such a way that each student at the end of the course has his own result, which can be added to the portfolio: critical texts, essays, project descriptions. The space of the University is a creative base for the implementation of student projects during training. The result of training in the Master’s program is an implemented curator project.
- Research base
Students of the program can take part in laboratories running at the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the Moscow International University.
- Going beyond
The Master’s program includes review sessions — consultations with acting supervisors, meetings with artists in workshops, practical workshops outside the University.
There are trips to international and local art events planned for students.
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