Master Courses - Florence
6th 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.
DURATION: 11 MONTHS
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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.
The design matrix takes the form of the four IED Schools: Design, Fashion , Visual Arts and IED Management.
Each IED location houses four completely independent schools: what unites them is the common denominator of design culture and shared inspiring principles.
IED teaching methods require that all the schools:
• forge strong bonds with the local production and operation systems in their regions;
• interface with their benchmark sectors;
• evolve depending on the growth standards of their underlying markets and professional situations.
For these reasons, rather than just keeping in step with their times, the IED training courses are often thriving trend anticipators. IED represents a conceptual innovation hub. A number of professionals from a variety of backgrounds come together to provide the input for a cross-fertilisation between areas and disciplines. The outcome is excellence. Evidence of this value is found in IED’s essential role in such leading events as Milan Salone del Mobile and Milan Fashion Week.