Curatorial Studies

The M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies prepares students for careers in the expanding field of curatorial practice. As the first three-year hybrid M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies in the United States, this practice-based terminal degree uniquely equips graduates for positions in a wide variety of arts organizations, as well as teaching positions at the college level.

Through internships, online courses, and residential seminars, students gain practical experience in exhibition development and design, art event planning, catalogue design and writing, fundraising, grant writing, conducting studio visits, promotion and marketing, community-based programming, and similar activities related to careers in visual arts organizations.

With courses in art history, art studio, art education, and arts administration, among others, the M.F.A. offers a dynamic interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates to be highly competitive in a diverse job market.

Why Study Here?

  • Paid teaching assistantships with tuition-waivers
  • State-of-the-art facilities in an historic building
  • Research One university
  • Individual mentorship by distinguished faculty
  • Urban campus in the heart of the Bluegrass
  • Dynamic visiting artist, curator, and critic series
  • Accessible network of community partners for independent projects and internships

Admissions

Admission is competitive, with the acceptance of the candidate into the program determined by:

  • A strong writing sample (along with optional examples of curatorial work or a digital portfolio)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An undergraduate transcript (with GPA of at least 3.3)
  • GRE quantitative and verbal test scores (with a verbal score of at least 500)

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency (with Graduate College’s minimum TOEFL score requirements met).

REVIEW THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY BULLETIN
APPLY ON THE GRADUATE SCHOOL WEBSITE

Application Deadline: January 5

For specific questions regarding the program and admission, please contact Curatorial Studies Graduate Advisor at anna.brzyski@uky.edu.

Curatorial Studies Faculty

Director of UK Art Museum
Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40506-0241
859-257-1152
Gallery Director, Lecturer
Curatorial Studies
114A Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Professor of Art History
Eighteenth Century to Contemporary, Art History & Visual Studies
303A Fine Arts Bldg
859-257-2291
Senior Lecturer
Art Education
308E Art & Visual Studies Building
859-257-2252
Assistant Professor
Art History & Visual Studies, Contemporary and Visual Studies
301 Fine Arts Building
257-1716
Associate Professor
Art History & Visual Studies, Arts of Asia
307A Fine Arts Bldg.
859.257.2344
Associate Professor
Art History & Visual Studies, Arts of Africa and Contemporary
307 Fine Arts Building
859-257-1398