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Hans Ulrich Obrist with fellows of the MA Curatorial Practice program at SVA. Photo by Birdie Piccininni.

The master of arts degree in Curatorial Practice, at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, trains curators in an immersive two-year program with an intense focus on teaching every aspect of curatorial work, so that graduates enter the professional field with practical knowledge of how to do the work, as well as base it in theory and history. This hands-on training is joined with international fieldwork and internships with leading curators in major institutions throughout the world. The students have opportunities to produce exhibitions and other projects throughout New York and beyond. SVA graduates go on to curatorial jobs at a global range of museums and institutions in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, often with the curators who have mentored them.

Our state-of-the-art space in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood is close by hundreds of galleries and museums, and students do further internships and work at institutions ranging from the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art to such leading smaller venues as Art in General, the Kitchen, the Drawing Center, and e-flux, among many others.

Our teachers include major curators, institution leaders, critics, and theorists, including Tim Griffin, Kate Fowle, Brian Kuan Wood, Laurel Ptak, Thierry de Duve, Clémentine Deliss, Maria Lind, Hou Hanru, Joshua Decter, David A. Ross, Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Charles Renfro, Sara Reisman, Steven Henry Madoff, Roddy Schrock, Lumi Tan, Mia Locks, Wendy Vogel, Mick Wilson, and Terry Smith.

MA Curatorial Practice offers the place and time to expand students’ thinking and skills as curators, with an extraordinary international faculty in one of the great centers of art in the world. SVA is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time students. Merit-based supporting fellowships are offered.

For information and to apply, visit

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