30 November 2018


Opportunity Description

The Wits School of Arts is offering a new MA degree in Contemporary Curatorial Practice.

The MA degree in Contemporary Curatorial Practice degree has been developed recognising that contemporary curatorial practice has become an integral part of the work of galleries, museums, festivals, and other large and small-scale events. This is increasingly being foregrounded in the way that artists, critics, designers, filmmakers, curators and cultural practitioners think about the articulation and presentation of creative work in public. Curating has become an expanded practice that cuts across many different disciplines and fields of teaching and research, with new opportunities to articulate the wider intellectual work of curating through teaching and learning. It has become a sophisticated field that requires specialised training, as well as critical engagement, thinking and theorisation.

This degree not only considers the expanded role of public practice in different curatorial fields, but also engages with the ways in which the curatorial alters, enhances, inhibits and promotes a wide range of trans-disciplinary creative work. The purpose of the degree is to mobilise diverse practices and theories of curating to offer a space of exploration, experimentation and innovation.

Some of the courses taught in this programme include:

Exhibition Histories (HART7030A), Curating Exhibitions (WSOA7011A), Collections Management (HART7032A), Museum Education (HART7028A), Public Culture (FINA7017A), Archive, Theory and Practice (WSOA7040A), One elective of own choice.

Length of Programme: 1 year (fulltime) and 2 years (part-time)

Pre-requisite: Bachelor’s degree in any humanities field.

The MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practice is offered by the Wits School of Fine Art and is hosted by History of Art Department.

How to Apply

Applications must be accompanied by the following:
(a) CV;
(b) Personal statement (500 – 1,000 words), stating applicant’s work within the context of contemporary curatorial practice and why mastery level exploration is desired;
(c) Exhibition critique (500 – 1,000 words), reviewing a recent contemporary exhibition, including an evaluation of its contents, ideas, and presentation; and
(d) Curatorial pre-proposal (500 – 1,000 words), outlining a basic thesis and curatorial proposal you would like to explore during your degree.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to participate in an interview.

Applications deadline: 30 October 2018 (International applicants)
30 November 2018 (South African applicants)

To apply online please visit: https://www.wits.ac.za/postgraduate/applications/
To upload documents or view your application status please visit: https://self-service.wits.ac.za

For application information and closing dates please visit:
For further queries email: Sao.Mendes@wits.ac.za
Postgraduate Bursaries: https://www.wits.ac.za/study-at-wits/fees-and-funding/financial-aid-and-scholarships-office/postgraduate-funding/