Launched in 2016 at the National Taipei University of Education, CCSCA is one of the few programs of its kind that focuses on the study of art and curatorial practice not only in Taiwan but also in the Asia Pacific. Given Taiwan’s central geographical location and growing importance as a vibrant and diverse artistic and cultural hub in Asia, CCSCA is well placed to facilitate the study of art and curating in the region and beyond. With its practice oriented, research-inspired approach to learning and teaching, the program aims to offer professional training that combines critical thinking, research and writing skills with scholarly and practical knowledge of art and curatorial practice.
The five modules of CCSCA - art history, art criticism, curatorial studies, museum studies and creative industries - are designed to offer students a critical understanding of contemporary art and curating from different vantage points around the globe, with an emphasis on the Asia Pacific region. Along with interactive seminars and lectures, the program is also organized through workshops, international exchanges, internships, and local and overseas study trips so as to provide students with an integrated learning experience that combines scholarly study and research with professional training and development. Aside from core and elective courses, students can choose to complete a research dissertation or curate an exhibition as their final project.
CCSCA also offers students the opportunity to meet and engage with a range of visiting professors, critics and curators who are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures in the program. In 2019, CCSCA worked in partnership with the Cube Project Space, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the National Culture and Arts Foundation to co-program the Curatorial Intensive Taipei (CIT19) Workshop and Conference which featured local and international speakers including David Teh (author of Thai Art: Currencies of the Contemporary), Raqs Media Collective (artistic director of Yokohama Triennial 2020) and ruangrupa (artistic director of Documenta 15, 2022). CCSCA’s program is also delivered in partnership with our on-campus university museum - MoNTUE - and in close collaboration with a range of art and educational institutions across Taiwan and in the region.
The program’s integrated approach ensures that upon completion, students are well-equipped with transferable scholarly and professional skills and knowledge to embark on future careers as exhibition organizers, curators, arts educators, writers and researchers in museums, galleries and other art sectors around the world.
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