Curatorial Practice

Master Courses - Florence

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5th edition - Today, curating contemporary art requires as many skills as there are artistic contexts and languages. Whereas a solid cultural background is as important as management and communication skills, what is even more crucial for a 21st Century Curator is to build a stable network of relationships to make a curatorial project tangible and widely expandable.

For this reason, thanks to the prestige and unique position of the city of Florence, participants have the opportunity to engage critically and actively in current debates in curatorial practice and contemporary art. The course leads students to practically learn the job of a Curator in all its forms, also thanks to an international Faculty that includes some of the most prominent professionals of the art world. 

  • Start date
    November 2020
  • Duration
    1 year
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Target - This study path is designed for graduate students who want to specialise in the curatorial sector, and take on their professional career in museums, galleries, fairs or auction houses. Previous studies in the field of Arts and Management are a plus but not required.

Career opportunities - At the end of the Master course, participants may pursue careers in museums and not-for-profit galleries as well as in commercial galleries, fairs, and auction houses. They also consider roles in emerging areas such as criticism, education, consultancy, and artist studio management.

Its structure is divided into three main parts:

Cultural area -The first part provides students with a solid introduction to the history of modern and contemporary art and a critical analysis of recent trends.

Skills and Expertise - The second part teaches specific expertise and skills required to develop an efficient working practice in the fields of exhibition organisation and management. The course analyses which marketing activities are carried out in order to increase the audience of different targets and its involvement.

Practice - The third part is dedicated to curatorial activity and exhibition design. Students, in a group or alone, work on specific curatorial ideas in order to develop real projects proposals, that will be part of their personal portfolio together with their Final Project.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Daria Filardo - Course Coordinator

Daria Filardo - Course Coordinator
Art Historian and Independent Curator, she teaches at SACI, Studio Art College International. Together with Stefania Galegati she co-curates the Summer School of Contemporary Art al Caffè Internazionale in Palermo. From 1998 to 2000, she worked as Resident Curator at the public museum Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Center in Siena. She writes articles for catalogues and art publications and she is particularly interested in long-term projects that involve both writing and exhibition making.