Applications are now open for the MA Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts in the heart of New York City, close to hundreds of art galleries, world-renowned museums, and thousands of artists’ studios. Our two-year degree is oriented around practical professional training, with our small case-study seminars led by a faculty of leading curators and experts who teach you what they do professionally.

Along with case-study seminars covering specific curatorial areas, the program includes workshops to refine your writing skills, weekly talks with international curators and artists, and professional practice workshops in exhibition design, lighting design, grant writing, and more. You will have the opportunity to make three subsidized exhibitions, overseeing the entire process from conceptualization through design to installation in our elegant exhibition space and elsewhere in New York. All of this in-depth, hands-on training prepares you for professional work in the field.

As part of this preparation, courses in history, philosophy, and theory provide background for a deep understanding of historical and contemporary ideas that shape curatorial work as well as ways to approach the most pressing subjects of our times. During the summer between the two years of the program, you will have the chance to participate in fieldwork and visit a major biennial abroad. This is followed by an internship at a leading international art institution, where you will work with a mentor and experience curatorial practice from the inside — an opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture while learning through doing. Our students go on to jobs at museums and institutions in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, sometimes with the curators who mentored them during their internships.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are central to our program, which has always been dedicated to social justice and activism. Every course addresses curatorial work toward these ends.

At 7pm (EST) on January 8, 2024, Steven Henry Madoff, Chair of MA Curatorial Practice, will hold an online Information Session to tell you everything about the program and answer questions. Anyone attending receives an $80 waiver for their application fee. Please register here.

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Applications are due January 15, 2024. We offer merit-based scholarships to cover partial tuition. We are always here to speak with you in depth about the program! Feel free to reach out to make an appointment for consultation via phone or Zoom, or come visit in person. Please contact us at or apply now for Fall 2024.