Curatorial Practice (MFA)
The first MFA of its kind in the country, MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice degree program prepares students to expand the role of curators in connecting art, artists, and communities—engaging audiences more effectively by developing relevant, timely, and accessible exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues. Through both collaborative and individual projects and interaction with acclaimed faculty, visiting artists, and curators, students learn to manage projects, coordinate cultural assets, connect institutions and audiences, and engage with artists and organizations.
MFA in Curatorial Practice students are challenged to embrace the power and responsibility of a curator in influencing the cultural life of a global society. Intensive, hands-on experiences developing exhibitions, both in the community and with colleagues, prepare students to make
transformative choices in determining what art is exhibited and in what context, while affecting the aesthetic, social and intellectual values associated with work of the past and present.
Graduates are ready to forge their own unique careers as typical paths change, disappear, or evolve.
• Gain hands-on experience by researching, proposing, planning, and presenting major exhibitions in concert with selected institutions throughout Baltimore.
• Combine intensive study of art history, theory, and criticism with study of the ethics and politics of the art world.
• Study both traditional and evolving methods of exhibition creation.
• Focus on discipline-specific writing skills, including catalogue essays and interpretive materials such as wall text and promotional brochure copy.
• Form enduring relationships with artists and the regional arts community through MICA’s long-standing partnerships with arts venues, educational institutions, and neighborhood organizations.
• Work in individual studio offices in the second year of the program.