Program

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.

Courses
Contemporary Art Theories, Contexts and Practices

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This course examines the diverse currents of contemporary art, exploring the central themes, ideas, and movements that have shaped the field.

Museum Studies

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This course provides a broad introduction to the museum world: their mission, their nature, and their work. 

Art Writing and Criticism

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This course introduces students to various styles and genres of art writing, ranging from exhibition reviews to curatorial essays and catalogue entries, and short and long-form criticism.

Research Methods and Thesis Writing

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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

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The course looks back at the history of modern expos and biennials with a special focus on the biennials in Asia.

Performance Art

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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

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This course provides an overview of Taiwan cultural history from 1895 to the 1990s.

Market Research and Cultural Marketing

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This course aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how consumers behave in the cultural marketplace. 

Museum Management and Practice

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This course is organized around the key professional activities of museums – Leadership and Management, Exhibition Design, and Audience Research.

Exhibition Practice

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This course delves into the key concepts and practices for developing and executing exhibitions, and culminates with a student exhibition. 

Art and the Public Sphere

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This course explores art’s role in the public sphere, asking how issues of social equity and aesthetic quality can find balance in art that engages communities where they live. 

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

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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

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This course provides a critical introduction to the shifting relationship between art and the moving image.

Curatorial Studies

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This course aims to provide an understanding of the theory and practice of curating.

Art Markets: Auction Houses and Galleries

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This course aims to equip students with the skills employers seek in the arts sector.

Cultural History of Taiwan

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This course will familiarize students with the cultural history of Taiwan, focusing on intersections of identity, social movements, spatial culture, culinary history, and other aspects.  

Taiwan Contemporary Art

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This course gives students a basic understanding of the history, key figures, and themes of contemporary art in Taiwan.

Seminar

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This course exposes students to a variety of contemporary practices through thematic discussions with a host of speakers from different fields of art. 

Independent Study

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This course gives students the opportunity to conduct field research in preparation for their final thesis. 

Internships

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The internship program is aimed at allowing students to put theory to practice.

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