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About the program

The Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art (CCSCA) is a two-year, intensive, taught-in-English international graduate program, emphasizing both art criticism and curatorial studies, while providing students an opportunity to become familiar with discourses in contemporary art from various vantage points of the globe, especially the Asia Pacific region.

Launched in 2016 at the National Taipei University of Education, CCSCA is one of the very few programs of its kind that focuses on the study of art and curatorial practice not only in Taiwan but also in the Asia-Pacific. Given Taiwan’s central geographical location and growing importance as a vibrant and diverse artistic and cultural hub in Asia, CCSCA is well placed to facilitate a critical understanding of artistic and curatorial practices in East and Southeast Asia as well as the Pacific region. With its practice-oriented, research-inspired approach to learning and teaching, the program aims to develop critical thinking, research and writing skills alongside theoretical and practical knowledge of contemporary art and curating across the diverse historical, social and political contexts of the region.

Program highlights include:

  • Focus on contemporary art and curating in the Asia-Pacific
  • Integration of theory and practice
  • Guest lectures and seminars from leading local and international art scholars, critics and curators
  • Intensive gallery / museum internship
  • Field excursions and overseas study trips
  • Chinese language training program available on campus
  • Scholarship offer
  • Affordable tuition fee (approx NTD 52,600 per semester)
Aims and structure

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 fields 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.


Required courses
Electives courses