Aims and objectives
The CCSCA program aims to provide students with a critical and practical understanding of the diverse isssues, contexts and histories of contemporary art and curating, with a particular focus on Taiwan, Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
The five modules of CCSCA – art history, art criticism, curatorial studies, museum studies and creative industries – are designed to offer students a critical and comprehensive understanding of contemporary art and curating from different vantage points around the globe, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. These modules will enable students to develop a familiarity with the work of major art scholars, critics and curators, art history’s interpretive methods and models, different forms of critical writing and the history, theory and practice of exhibitions and curating. Along with interactive seminars, lectures and tutorials, the program is also organised through workshops, international exchanges, internships, excursions and an overseas study trip so as to provide students with an integrated learning experience wherein art historical and theoretical resources are applied to the diverse contexts of art and curating in the region.  
Career prospects

To increase career prospects and employability for graduates, this program offers in-depth and integrated  theoretical and practical knowledge in contemporary art and curatorial practice. Students will be introduced to key texts and case-studies by our faculty members as well as a number of visiting scholars and industry professionals to gain a critical insight into the key issues, contexts and practices of contemporary art and curating and museum management

The program’s integrated and holistic apporach ensures that upon completion, students are well-equipped with transferable scholarly and professional skills and knowledge that will enable them to work in the arts and creative industries around the world, including in major exhibitions, biennale events and festivals, museums and galleries. The program prepares students for future careers as exhibition organizers, museum curators, arts educators, writers and researchers. .

At least 32 credits must be completed for graduation.

Contemporary Art Theories, Contexts and Practices

Course Objectives:

This course introduces students to a range of contemporary art theories and practices. It examines the diverse currents of contemporary art, exploring the central themes, ideas and movements that have shaped the field.

Museum Studies

Course Objectives:

This course provides a broad introduction to the museum world: their mission, their nature and their work. It is organized around the key professional activities of museums: collecting, conserving, exhibiting and educating.

Exhibition Analysis

Course Objectives:
Through text reading, exhibition visiting and exhibition practices, the course focuses on the complex relationship the exhibition and art works, and public culture; on  exhibition making, display methodology, mediation and education processes.

Research Methods and Thesis Writing

Course Objectives:
This course is designed to help students develop skills in conducting an independent research project to complete a intelligible, well documented and persuasive MA thesis.

Global Biennials

​Course Objectives:
The course looks back at the history of modern expos and biennials, the complex relationship between biennials and the development of modern art, analyses biennials in the context of cultural and political geography, of public culture, with a special focus on the biennials in Asia.

Performance Art

Course Objectives:
This course provides a critical introduction to the various histories, theories and practices of performance art from the early twentieth century to the present. 

Cultural History of Taiwan

Course Description:
This course provides an overview of Taiwan cultural history from 1895 (the Japanese ruled period), 1949 (the KMT cultural policy), 1987 (the end of Martial Law)  to the 1990s.

Cultural Market and Consumer Research

Course Objectives:
Cultural Market and Consumer Research aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how consumers decide and behave in the cultural marketplace. The course is to enable students to critically reflect on the current theoretical discourse related to consumer behavior.

Museum Management and Practice

​Course Objectives:
Museum Management and Practice is an overview of basic elements of museums and their characteristics. It is organized around the key professional activities of museums – Leadership and Management, Exhibition Design, and Audience Research.

Exhibition Practice

Course Objectives:

Assist students to understand the concept of exhibition and practice.

Art and the Public Sphere

Course Outline:
Art is about the features of particularity, difference and the interpretation of personal living experience; while the public sphere is built up by the people, relating to the community of share. When the art in the public sphere, how to negotiate the difference? Art or the public which one is more important?  What the role of art could play?

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

Course Objectives:

This course introduces students to the field of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art with particular attention to their histories, practices and contexts. 

Art and the Moving Image

​Course Objectives:

This course provides a critical introduction to the shifting relationship between art and the moving image with particular attention to the aesthetic, social, political and technological developments that have shaped the development of the moving image as an art form.

In particular, the course will explore the ways in which moving images and time-based practices have become highly visible and ubiquitous features of contemporary art.  Through a range of critical writings and case-studies of moving image art, the course will examine the turn to the moving image in contemporary art and the various ways in which moving image art intersect with cinema, television and social media. The course will also consider the increasing dominance of the moving image – ranging from analogue and digital video, multimedia installations and internet-based work –  and its current widespread use in exhibitions through ‘black box’ or large-scale cinematic modes of image projection.

Modern and Contemporary Art in East Asia

Course Objectives:

This course provides an introduction to modern and contemporary art in East Asia with particular attention to their histories, practices and contexts.

Visual Culture

Course Outline:
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of visual culture.

Art Markets: Auction Houses and Galleries

Course Objectives:

Students will be able to understand the essential features of today’s art markets and equipped with the skills and capabilities that employers seek in the arts sector.

Other Courses
  • Internship
  • Seminar
  • Cross-Program Registration
  • Cross-School Registration​