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Learning Outcomes

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018

The requirements, reviews, and curriculum for CCA's Curatorial Practice program are designed such that graduating students successfully achieve the following program learning outcomes:

History and scope of the curatorial discipline

Students demonstrate an understanding of curatorial history and theories as well as the role of the curator.

Professional Practice

Students can propose, plan, execute, and self-manage curatorial tasks, exhibitions, publications, and events projects.


Students can effectively build and collaborate in teams (including with artists, arts professionals, and others) to realize exhibition and programming projects.

Methods of Critical Analysis

Students can apply their knowledge of historical and contemporary art and curatorial practices to decipher images, exhibitions, and environments. Students demonstrate proficiency in engaged, rigorous, and careful evaluation, interpretation, and explication, including skills to decode public and exhibition spaces.


Students can reason systematically in support of an idea, action or theory. Students can structure and sustain this argumentation in a substantial piece of writing and can effectively defend arguments orally in critiques and discussions of contemporary curating practices and theory.

Verbal communication

Students can orally communicate their plans and ideas effectively to multiple publics.

Research and Information Literacy

Students can conduct research to develop and support their curatorial ideas by capably accessing multiple resources (including archives/libraries, museums, private collections, and people) and gathering, evaluating, analyzing, and documenting sources.

Critical Writing

Students can articulate ideas clearly and concisely in writing, synthesizing research and their own ideas, and adapting these to different platforms, whether online media, exhibition catalogues, or peer reviewed journals.