Thank you for your interest in the MA Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts. Your application allows us to understand your interests, ambitions, and accomplishments so that we may best evaluate placements within the program. Applications received after January 15, 2020 will be considered on a rolling admissions basis as space remains available. We strongly encourage applicants to submit materials early. To inquire further by phone or visit MA Curatorial Practice, please contact us directly. We would be happy to schedule a time for you. Phone: 212.592.2274 Email:

In addition to general applications requirements—which can be found at Graduate Admissions, Application Requirementsapplicants to the MA Curatorial Practice program must also provide a statement of purpose and an exhibition proposal, and they may be asked for an interview. Please see more details below.

Departmental Requirements


Statement of Purpose: A statement of approximately 800-1,000 words that tells us why you wish to pursue this degree and details of your specific interests in curatorial work. What are your particular fields of interest? What exhibitions or curatorial projects have you experienced lately that are important to you? What texts have you been reading that are especially compelling to you? What are your ambitions for your curatorial studies and subsequent work in the field? Please best describe your knowledge of art history and related cultural studies, as well as previous curatorial work or cultural practice, if any. If the background you bring to the program is specially unique, please tell us about it.


Proposal: A proposal of no more than four single-side pages for an exhibition or other curatorial project/event you would like to curate, including a concept summary, the venue where you imagine the exhibition or other curatorial project/event would take place, and a checklist that includes the artists' names along with a sample image for each artist of the works you would include. As an option, you can also include a layout of the exhibition design.


Interview: Select applicants will be invited to for an interview. Interviews will be in person or conducted via Skype.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. We expect a minimum of a 3.0 (B) grade point average or better for all applicants. Applicants are expected to have a thorough knowledge of 20th-century art history and contemporary art, or equivalent in their cultural field, through their undergraduate education or proven in their subsequent work experience. Applicants with prior curatorial experience who are seeking the next level of advancement for their careers are encouraged. Combining hands-on training and intellectual engagement, we are seeking to interrogate established and new ideas about the intersection of objects, actions, presentations, and knowledge production, exchange, and transfer. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to an intellectual community with curatorial work at its center that enriches the program and the larger cultural scene, as we consider the program a professional hub within the art world as a global network.

We seek diversity of all kinds in our program.

Full-time and part-time study are available.




 For the most current tuition, please visit here.
Graduate Departmental Fees (per semester): $250. 
Estimated Supplies Requirements: $500.


Some support grants for tuition are available. Note: For applicants from Bogotá, Colombia, a special partial tuition scholarship is offered by IDARTES. Inquire at about this.


Students must supply their own Mac with OSX or later, or a PC computer with Windows 7 or later. As well, students must have  standard software, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Computers will be networked through the College for shared use of printers and scanners.