Mind the Gap: Distinguishing Between the Perception and Intention of Curatorial Education | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2045-5836
  • E-ISSN: 2045-5844



As the number of curatorial degree programmes has increased over the past thirty years, so too has the criticism about their methodology, pedagogy and overall worthiness. This article examines those critiques and exposes a variety of misconceptions voiced in the arguments made by the detractors of curatorial education. Drawing from experience in chairing a graduate programme, developing curricula, and mentoring students at the California College of the Arts, this article elucidates the practical, conceptual and relational aspects involved in teaching curating. In the contemporary context, the distrust of curatorial education is misplaced; rather than ‘flattening’ the profession of curating, the diverse and self-reflexive approach of curatorial programmes seek to provide students with a period of experimentation and discussion about the craft, history and methods of curating.


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