The curriculum outlines the subjects within the degree and their nature (basic, required, elective, etc.), the number of credits, etc. Topics are divided into subjects, which in turn are organized into modules.
The Master’s Degree in Curatorial Studies includes 60 ECTS credits divided into three modules; it lasts one academic year and is taught on campus.
The first module lasts for 10 weeks (from October to December) and involves a total of 200 class hours.
This module addresses the theoretical foundations (the historical background, framework of thought and legal and social context of curatorial practice). It consists of three obligatory subjects through which students learn about the history of exhibitions and curating; the framework of thought that underpins contemporary culture and evolves in accordance with cultural practices; and the institutional, territorial and social context in which the curator’s activity takes place.
SUBJECTS AND TOPICS
History and Types of Curating (6 ECTS credits)
Curatorial Thought (6 ECTS credits)
Audiences and Contexts (8 ECTS credits)
The second module lasts for 12 weeks (from January to April) and consists of 28 ECTS credits divided into: 240 on-campus class hours and 4 ECTS credits in Museum Labs 1 and 2. 100 hours of practical sessions and personal study at the Museum University of Navarra between October and April.
The module trains students to design and carry out curating exhibitions and projects and to undertake management tasks in artistic projects that use different formats. It is made up of four subjects that address, respectively, the conservation and installation of pieces and management of the exhibition space; preliminary tasks relating to research, documentation and archiving, and the registration of projects through appropriate publications; follow-up and management of the professional relationship with the artist; and development of the curatorial project; the management of cultural projects such as festivals, events and street art programs.
The curatorial trip takes place during the second module and focuses in particular on the subjects The Curator and the Artist and The Curatorial Project.
From the start of the academic year, students carry out a practical learning program that allows them to rotate around the different departments of the Museum University of Navarra (a maximum of 5 hours per week). This program is part of the Museum Labs 1 and 2 subjects, which seek to offer a practical overview of the organizational aspects and internal processes of each area of an art center, as well as encourage student participation in the daily life of the Museum (programming, assembly of exhibitions, budgetary control, monitoring of publications, etc.).
SUBJECTS AND TOPICS
Material and Space (6 ECTS credits)
Research and Documentation (4 ECTS credits)
Project Management (8 ECTS credits)
Curatorial Practice (6 ECTS credits)
The Curator and the Artist
Museum Lab (4 ECTS credits)
Rotation scheme and acquisition of practical skills in the different departments of the Museum.
The third module starts in May and consists of curatorial internships and the Master’s Thesis Project. The Master’s Thesis Project will be defended upon notice of an examination session before September 30 of the year after the master’s start date.
This module allows students to complete their theoretical and technical training and gives them the skills required to develop large-scale exhibitions and cultural projects that are robust in terms of content, have a feasible schedule for implementation and are defined in all aspects.
INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Starting in May, students in the Master’s Degree in Curatorial Studies undertake an obligatory internship period (4 ECTS credits) at institutions (a museum or cultural center) or organizations that produce artistic exhibitions and programs.
The Master’s Thesis Project is carried out once students have completed Module 3. This involves designing, developing and defending a curatorial project that can realistically be implemented, and consists of 8 ECTS credits. It will be carried out through group work.
SUBJECTS AND TOPICS
Professional curatorial internships at national and internships art centers.
Design of an exhibition project