The program in Curatorial Practice: Film, Media & Visual Arts is a two-year, full-time program designed to develop professional and academic excellence in the field of curatorial practice and theory. It is the first of its kind in India, developed in collaboration with various arts and cultural platforms in South Asia. The program is founded on the premise that curatorial work requires a wide-ranging understanding of history, philosophy, aesthetics and theory along with research and writing skills, as well as the more practical aspects of exhibition making and programming.
This is the first (and only) full-time post-graduate program in Curatorial Practice available in India. The course specifically responds to the historical, political and cultural contexts of South Asia, and aims to generate thought-lexicons relevant to the region. It is therefore, distinct from postgraduate programs in Curatorial Practice available in Europe, America or elsewhere, in that it focuses on the cultural and creative ecologies of India.
Curation is considered in its broadest sense, as a pedagogical intervention between objects (and the producers of these objects) and publics, rather than merely ‘exhibition making’. Therefore, candidates will be able to build upon their disciplinary specifications or previous employment experience by extending to it a curatorial mode of enquiry in an interdisciplinary manner. The emphasis of the course is not on curating art alone; it engages with all kinds of material and digital artefacts, including film and media, as well as cultural/political practices across diverse sites. However, those interested in pursuing more conventional trajectories of art/film curation, will have the flexibility to focus upon these.
This is a credit-based four-semester course, where candidates can choose from a range of modules reflecting their individual interests. Modes of learning include a combination of workshops, seminars, studios, internships and individual research/practice. Candidates on the course conceptualise and execute an independent curatorial project or produce a substantial research monograph/dissertation in the final semester.
There will be continuous evaluation based on written papers, seminars, presentations, projects, field-practice etc.
The program is ideally designed for early-stage artists and curators who wish to develop a strong theoretical foundation to their work, and for researchers, writers or theorists who wish to acquire a hands-on experience of the cultural and creative sectors. We especially encourage candidates with existing research/curatorial interests to apply. The program is also suitable for graduates from any discipline across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Design, and Architecture, who wish to explore the curatorial as a new methodological framework in their own disciplines.
The program is intended to stimulate new thinking, research, practice, collaboration, and cultural enterprise with the objective of energising the cultural and creative sectors in the region. It facilitates candidates to work in a wide range of capacities in the cultural and creative sectors as curators in museums and galleries, as festival programmers, as researchers, as artists, as creative enterpreneurs, as art/film/media critics, and as exhibition designers, among other possibilities.