Graduate Programs

Curatorial Practice (Graduate Concentration)

The Curatorial Practice Concentration allows Graduate students to earn a mark of distinction that demonstrates their dedication to Curatorial Practice as a critical, collaborative, and creative pursuit.

It is a pursuit that relies on writing, research, fieldwork, teamwork, design, public proposal, presentation, hands-on production, community engagement, and public programming.

Overseen and managed by the director of the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice and the Office of Graduate Studies, this concentration is formed through the successful completion of (12) twelve credits (or four, three-credit courses) of graduate-level work in courses described below and following approval of documentation of a final project.


  • Students will analyze exhibitions to understand how exhibitions can entertain, instruct, alter perception, energize the community, and keep pace with culture.
  • Students will consider the impact of different exhibition strategies and multi-disciplinary work.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and advanced literacy skills by locating, evaluating, and integrating information gathered from multiple sources into effectively organized exhibitions, writing, and presentations
  • Students will support their peers and work well in teams.
  • Students will relate their work to their own interests.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize information from multiple sources into exhibitions and writing.
  • Communicate with clarity through a public presentation.
  • Compose an expansive view of the field of curatorial practice by evaluating contemporary and historical exhibitions.
  • Create accessible exhibitions and programs.

Work well in teams to create exhibitions and related materials.


The Graduate Concentration in Curatorial Practice is available to students in the following programs:

  • Teaching (MAT)
  • Filmmaking (MFA)
  • Graphic Design (MFA)
  • Illustration Practice (MFA)
  • LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)
  • Mount Royal School of Art (MFA)
  • Photographic and Electronic Media (MFA)
  • Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts

Students in other programs who are interested in the concentration should contact their advisor, the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment in Graduate Studies, or the director of the MFA for Curatorial Practice.

Featured Program of Study

M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice

MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice prepares students to determine how curators will shape the cultural life of our global society. The first M.F.A. of its kind in the country, this program offers a hands-on curriculum that balances collaboration and socially engaged practices with academic research in history and theory