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MA in Art Practices


Pathway: Curatorial Practices - Film, Media and Visual Arts

"My models are those artists who strengthen the bonds between art, audience, and context. They tend to be interested in the narrative landscape, understanding place and history to include people, forming the grass roots of much interactive or 'new genre' public art." - Lucy R. Lippard, The Lure of the Local, 1997

Field Study Delhi: Studio visit with Meenakshi Thirukode from Instituting Otherwise, 2020.


The specialisation course in Curatorial Practice: Film, Media & Visual Arts is designed to develop professional and academic excellence in the field of curating and to encourage students to curate projects and create a national and international network of peers and collaborators for their work. This specialisation is founded on the premise that there is no separation between practice and theory in curatorial work and that curators operate across a vast ecology of contexts and spaces - from the museum, to the commercial gallery, to the artist-led space, to the festival, to a lab, to new creative ventures. In today’s art world, the role of the curator often blends in with that of the artist, the publisher, the researcher, the archivist, and the creative entrepreneur.

This course responds to such interdisciplinarity by offering practice-led learning that combines the study of art history, aesthetics and exhibition histories with developing skills in critical writing and thinking, as well as project development and management. The students will explore the ethical, philosophical and political dimensions of current debates in contemporary art and culture, and will be encouraged to respond to the historical, political and cultural contexts of South Asia.

I Came I Bought I Saw Exhibition, Students’ Curatorial Project: 1shanthiroad Bangalore, 2018

The students of Curatorial Practice will be creative, critical, inquisitive, and independent while being open to experimentation and collaboration. They will acquire the criticality, skills and flexibility to work in the ever-changing contexts of the contemporary art world and cultural production, and they will have a strong awareness and understanding of international and national socio-cultural and political discourses in the field. Students will be encouraged to evolve a method and practice that learns from, transforms and contributes to the local scenario, as much as the global.

This is a unique programme in that it is rooted in interdisciplinary art, design and technology contexts, and it will develop in collaboration with professionals, arts organisations and cultural platforms operating in the region and abroad.

Core Values

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Experimentation
  • Strong socio-cultural and political awareness
  • Critical cultural production
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Collaboration

    EXPERIMENTA The International Festival of Moving Image Art in India; organised in collaboration with Goethe- Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, 2017

    Course Structure

    • Disciplinary Studies
    • Trans-disciplinary Projects
    • Theory and Understanding Units
    • Practice
    • Self-Directed Inquiry/Research
    • Knowledge Enhancement (Ability or Skills)

    Learning Approaches

    • A transdisciplinary learning environment that prepares students to build a practice that responds to complex real world scenarios.
    • Adopts the methodology of fine art practice and supports the development of an independent practice and research.
    • Offers a combination of studios, taught seminars and workshops, along with the production of curatorial projects developed individually or in groups.
    • Talks with professionals in the art and cultural sectors and site visits. Students will benefit from the connections they will establish with artists, curators, gallerists and creative entrepreneurs.

    Capability Sets

    • A comprehensive and critical understanding of contemporary discourses in the art, cultural and historical fields and their implications in the present world
    • A strong understanding of the artistic, cultural and social contexts for curatorial, artistic and creative practice in South Asia, South East Asia and from other parts of the world
    • Theoretical and practical skills that lead to an independent curatorial practice, related research and its dissemination
    • Methodologies and skills applicable to their own research and professional practice
    • Focus, self-direction, sustainability and experimentation applicable to their own practice

    The Unknown Cloud on its way to Bangalore: An immersive artwork based on a smartphone app created by the artist duo Lundahl & Seitl; organised by the curating students at the National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, in collaboration with Accelerator at Stockholm University, Sweden, 2017


    • Curating art exhibitions and exhibitions programmes for museums and galleries, festivals (e.g., performance arts, new media, film & video, sound art & music), and independent curatorial projects.
    • Initiating creative ventures in the arts and cultural sector
    • Publishing and writing (e.g. art, grant, creative and academic writing)
    • Arts management and Project development.
    • Research and advanced study


    For more information about this program, kindly email Ayisha Abraham at and Meena Vari at

    Disciplinary Intersections

    The disciplines that inform this program are:

    Research and Collaboration


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