M.A. in Art Practices: Specialisation - Curatorial Practices - Film, Media and Visual Arts

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Program Description

M.A. in Art Practices: Specialisation - Curatorial Practices - Film, Media and Visual Arts

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

M.A. in Art Practices: Specialisation - Curatorial Practices - Film, Media and Visual Arts

Masters students in conversation with Bose Krishnamachari, artist, curator, and founder of the Kochi-Muzeris biennale.

Specialisation in Curatorial Practice: Film, Media & Visual Arts is a two-year, full-time program designed to develop professional and academic excellence in the field of curatorial practice and theory. It is the first of its kind in South Asia, developed in collaboration with various arts and cultural platforms in the region. The program is founded on the premise that curatorial work requires a wide-ranging understanding of history, philosophy, aesthetics, and theory along with research and writing skills, as well as the more practical aspects of exhibition making and programming. The program specifically responds to the historical, political and cultural contexts of South Asia, and aims to generate thought-lexicons relevant to the region. The mode of learning includes a combination of taught modules, workshops, seminars, studios, and individual research/practice. Candidates on the program will be expected to execute an independent curatorial project or produce a substantial monograph/dissertation in the final semester. The course enables an understanding of the arts and culture ecology to equip professionals to work within the cultural and creative sectors as curators, researchers, gallerists, policy makers, consultants or entrepreneurs. Emphasis is placed on the requirements of our in-flux contemporary worlds, which demand inter-disciplinary methods and creative thinking, to address social and political issues through artistic and creative practice.

Discussion with Production Designer Aradhana Seth, during an intensive two-week curatorial project on cinema, archives and creative labor at The House of Inquiry, Saligaon. The final exhibition SET.RESET was held in September 2017.

Course Structure

  • Seminars: provide a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis through reading, writing, making and discussion.
  • Studios & Workshops: Immersive spaces and forums that foster critical making, experimenting, and research in a durational and intensive manner.
  • Practice: Independent projects, residencies and internships.
  • General Studies (Electives): Interdisciplinary modules encouraging cross-pollination across the arts and sciences. These can be selected from the ‘General Studies’ units or those offered by other Schools at Srishti.
  • Capstone Project or Dissertation: The Capstone is a culminating research project developed under the guidance of a mentor, which can take the form of a curatorial initiative accompanied by a 12,000 word critical/reflective document OR a 30,000-word dissertation.
  • Electives & General Studies: Engagement outside the disciplinary framework, that allows for extension, building connections and broadening worldview through liberal arts modules. Click here to read more about the General Studies Program >>

Capability Developed

  • Ability to understand and apply research methods from Art History, Film & Video Studies, Cultural Studies, Oral History, Anthropology & Critical Geography.
  • Ability to critically read, think and write about artistic practices with an informed viewpoint.
  • Ability to investigate the politics of representation, curation, and cultural production.
  • Acquire a historical and theoretical understanding of art and culture in its varied forms.
  • Ability to integrate theory and practice in meaningful ways
  • Acquire an understanding of the Indian arts and culture ecology by working with art events & film festivals, museums, galleries and other cultural institutes
  • Ability to understand the audiences of art and programming requirements to develop these communities
  • Ability to devise new modes of ‘knowledge production’ through artistic and curatorial practice


  • Art/Film/Media Curation
  • Art/Film/Media Criticism & Writing
  • Research and advanced study
  • Arts Management
  • Programmers at Museums, Festivals, and Galleries
  • Program Officers for Funding Agencies, CSR Trusts and government agencies overseeing arts and culture grants
  • Cultural Entrepreneurs


For further information, kindly email Rashmi Sawhney at rashmi.sawhney@srishti.ac.in

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Last updated May 7, 2018
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July 2019
2 years
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India - Bengaluru, Karnataka
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