Call for Applications from December 16, 2013 until January 31, 2014



CuMMA students building the AYE / NAY / ABSENT – a collection of realities exhibition together with the museum staff at EMMA museum in Espoo. Photo by Mikko Raskinen.

The School of Art, Design and Architecture of Aalto University welcomes applications for the Master’s degree programme in the field of visual art and design.  CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) is a two-year, transdisciplinary Major on contemporary art and its publics. It provides a structure for reflecting and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and in the public sphere.

During the studies we explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledge. This Major therefore gives the students the opportunity to learn with and from artists, activists, practitioners and theorists.  

The studies develop comprehensive and innovative professional expertise in critical curating, managing and mediating art. The students learn to navigate the multifaceted theoretical and practical sceneries of the art world. CuMMA graduates are professionals who are able to use their knowledge both imaginatively and critically in various tasks and organizations within the contemporary art scene.

CuMMA is lead by Professor Nora Sternfeld. Examples on the past and ongoing CuMMA projects and lectures can be found on our NEW WEBSITE, A series of CUMMA PAPERS, articles and interviews featuring current discourses from the field are also available from the site.

Autumn 2014 applications are due January 31st, 2014 and are available online at

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