[artinfo] MA Curatorial Practice at University of Bergen

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Call for applications: MA Curatorial Practice

Program start: August 2019
Application deadline: April 15

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at University of Bergen
Møllendalsveien 61
5009 Bergen

	MA Curatorial Practice is a part-time, 
two-year low residency, seminar-based education.

Established 2015, and open to international 
applicants, the faculty is looking forward to 
welcoming a diverse group of ten MA candidates in 
August 2019 to the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and 
Design, University of Bergen.

The Faculty encourage applications from curators 
who are independent or affiliated to 
institutions. We also welcome applications from 
art professionals with a practice that is 
strongly linked to curatorial practice (such as 
curating artists, educators, writers and others) 
and those from affiliating fields of culture 
(theatre, film, literature, music etc.) willing 
to reflect on and translate their knowledge and 

The group of ten candidates will consist of 
individuals who have a personal commitment to 
their project and a strong interest in sharing 
their knowledge and thinking. The candidates 
should be eager to investigate and question their 
surroundings and professional contexts in order 
to create a discussion forum.

The MA candidates are required to develop, 
produce and contextualise one project each in a 
public context, with a responsibility to secure 
and develop the collaborations necessary to make 
this happen-with artists and other professionals, 
funding bodies, art institutions or other sites. 
There is an emphasis on sharing knowledge and 
debate within and beyond the group of candidates, 
thus the Faculty will fund a public seminar 
organised by the candidates in collaboration.

Teaching is organised via a varied group of guest 
tutors, invited by the course director to respond 
to the candidates' particular needs, interests 
and curiosities, and these are open to 
suggestions from the group of candidates. Each 
candidate will also choose an external tutor, who 
will receive a fee paid by the programme, to 
follow their project individually throughout 
their MA.

Seminars will happen in Bergen and in the 
locations where the candidates live and work. The 
locations and extent of travel will be decided 

Presentation of the 
programme. Presentation of the 
who have contributed to the study programme.

Seminars have since 2015 taken place in Accra, 
Amsterdam, Beirut, Bergen, Berlin, Budapest, Hong 
Kong, Lofoten, Nairobi, Oslo, Paris, Portland, 
Singapore, Trondheim, Tromsø.

The MA consists of 16 seminars in total. A single 
seminar is five working days, a double seminar is 
eight-ten working days. Semester 1 consists of 
two single and one double seminar, Semester 2 
consists of three single seminars and one 
individual study trip. Semester 3 consists of two 
single and one double seminar. Semester 4 
consists of one single and one double seminar, as 
well as the final exam-seminar.

Seminars autumn 2019 will be in Bergen, Istanbul and Budapest.

Course director is Professor in Curatorial 
Practice curator, writer and editor Anne Szefer 

The teaching language is English.

There are no tuition fees. Each candidate 
receives a small traveling stipend of NOK 10,000 
in total over two years.

Current candidates have in dialogue with their 
employers incorporated this MA as part of their 
working practice within institutions willing to 
invest in their employees and further their 
professional development.

The master's degree in Curatorial Practice allows 
the candidate to apply for admission to the PhD 
in Artistic Research Programme.

The candidates will graduate in June 2021, 
provided they have fulfilled the following 
-A minimum of 80 % attendance and participation is required
-Successfully passed semesters 1-3
-Successfully completed the individual project
-Submitted documentation of this project (images, sound, video, ephemera etc.)
-Submitted a written piece reflecting on and 
contextualising the individual project 
(8,000-12,000 words)
-Passed an oral examination with external examiners

programme description

The applicant must hold a Bachelor's Degree and 
have at least two years of professional practice 
to apply.

Applicants are assessed on the basis of a project 
description, past diplomas/certificates, a 
portfolio documenting previous projects, CV and 
an interview, which will be conducted in Bergen, 
Norway on 23 and 24 May 2019. Interviews are 
possible via internet.

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