Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, CuMMA

Lecturer in Charge of Major

University teacher Marko Karo

Learning Outcomes

CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) is a two-year, transdisciplinary major on contemporary art and its publics. It provides a structure for reflection and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere. We aim to explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledges.

The CuMMA studies give the students the opportunity to learn with and from artists, activists, practitioners and theorists. The content is actively developed in relation to the changing demands of the curatorial and cultural field. We put an emphasis on developing ways to promote each student’s own curatorial, theoretical and educational thinking. Our pedagogical models are based on shared expertise and exploratory learning and are applied in order to create an open, conversational and dialogic space for learning and acting.

The studies develop comprehensive and innovative professional expertise in critical curating, managing and mediating art. The students learn to navigate the multifaceted theoretical and practical sceneries of the art world. CuMMA graduates are professionals who are able to use their knowledge both imaginatively and critically in various tasks and organizations within the contemporary art scene.

CuMMA Major Learning Outcomes:

Content Outcomes:
  • Students understand and are interested in international discourses on the visual art scene
  • Students learn and discuss about relevant theories for curating, managing and mediating art
  • Students see the interconnectedness of cultural substances and organizational practices, and can shift their perspective from individual processes to institutions and to public sphere
  • Students get an insight in the classical curatorial tasks as collecting, showing, researching, organizing and mediating, they learn to analyze them critically within history and to actualize them for their practices
Skill Outcomes:
  • Students are aware of different representational and post-representational practices, and can use different methods to produce, curate and build exhibition contents
  • Students learn about and experiment with strategies of conceptualization, narration, visualization, education and communication of projects in museums and institutions
Academic Skills:
  • Students learn to analyze and write on exhibitions
  • Students are able to engage in open research processes that think together theory and practice based approaches
  • Students master the basics of academic writing, and are able to use valid references in their texts

Education Content

The CuMMA major comprises theoretical lessons, workshops, practical projects, excursions and a thesis. Theoretical studies respond critically to the current practices of curating, educating and organizing in the field of contemporary art. Mutually, the practical side of the CuMMA studies aims to (re)conceptualize and challenge the conventions of the art world. Together with its curatorial and educational core content, the major also gives its students insights in critical management studies of the cultural field. It employs experimental and intensive forms of study to give the students the opportunity to analyse institutional structures and invent new strategies of organizational thinking and practices. 

The two-year major consists of 120 ECTS composed of shared studies, optional studies and specialisation studies. The curriculum is based on personal study plans, in which the students can also include studies completed elsewhere (during the degree or previously), optional art courses or other modules from Aalto University.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

 Joint studies

60

TAI-E3000

Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art

5

TAI-E3001

Exploring Historical and Theoretical Roots

5

TAI-E3002

Academic Skills

5

TAI-E3005

Thesis Seminar

5

TAI-E3003

Aalto Dialogue

5

TAI-E3004

Artist in Society

5

TAI.thes 

Master's Thesis

30

CuMMA studies

30

Obligatory courses for the CuMMA Major students.

TAI-E3413

Transnational Practices and Policies – Excursions

4

TAI-E3403 

Theoretical Frameworks of Curating and Mediating Art

5

TAI-E3404

Practices of Producing and Exhibiting Art

5

TAI-E3405

Tools of Curating, Managing and Mediating Art

5

TAI-E3406

Contemporary Art and Art Exhibition as Learning Environment

5

TAI-E3414

CuMMA Project

6

 

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

The students select altogether 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad, or take Elective studies offered by the ViCCA programme.

The following courses are offered as optional for CuMMA students.

Elective Studies in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

TAI-E3408

Exhibition and Text Workshop

5

TAI-E3409

Art, Everyday Life and Society

5

TAI-E3410

Critical Management in Curating

5

TAI-E3411

CuMMA Internship

5–10

TAI-E3412

Artistic and Curatorial Research Methodology

5

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