THE CURATORIAL STUDIES MAJOR OFFERS

Are you skillful at seeing the big picture? Much like a film director, the job of a curator involves creating a story through multitasking, attention to detail, organization, and the vision to join all the parts in a meaningful way. The BFA in curatorial studies introduces students to the creative, educational, and professional aspects of what curators do. Students visit and explore a variety of collections and exhibitions and study the layered experience of viewing and the dynamics of spectatorship. They also examine the groundbreaking work of artists whose responses to these issues have become the essence of their art practice. Students examine the theories and practice involved in conceiving, creating and designing exhibitions, collections and archives.​ 
 
  • Curatorial Studies is the first undergraduate program of its kind in the country. It is a multidisciplinary program designed for students who are interested in conceptualizing, researching and documenting exhibitions. Moore’s Curatorial Studies majors learn the theoretical constructs, practical applications and cultural issues that are crucial for a successful career in curating in the 21st century.
     
  • Students engage with a range of contemporary curatorial issues related to historical and contemporary art, craft and design, while studying with professionals who are active in the field.
     
  • The Curatorial Studies major at Moore combines this intensive examination of the work of the curator with rigorous art historical study, extensive writing and substantial studio work.
     
  • A BFA in Curatorial Studies from Moore provides students the flexibility to pursue a career in museums, public and private galleries, historical and cultural institutions, archives, private collections and related venues.
     
  • Among the exciting challenges of curating is the opportunity to work with continually evolving fields of artistic production through the development of exhibitions, installations and other inventive modes of presentation and display.|
     
  • Each student gains firsthand curatorial experience through a required internship in a professional setting and a senior thesis that includes curating her own exhibition.
     
  • Students become acquainted with artistic techniques by refining their proficiency in at least one studio area through a required studio minor. Open studio electives allow students to pursue other artistic interests as well.
     
  • Students seeking further training upon graduation will have the skills and knowledge necessary to continue their studies at the MA or PhD level in art history, curatorial studies, museum management and art conservation.