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Hunter College Advanced Curatorial Certificate


  • What is the Curatorial Certificate program?

This certificate responds to students’ frequently expressed desire to gain curatorial experience as well as recognition for the curatorial skills that they do acquire in the Hunter graduate programs in Art History and Studio Art.  The most effective means of acquiring and building curatorial skill is through the realization of an exhibition, from initial research to final installation.   For a number or years, the department has offered one- and two-semester exhibition courses, culminating in a well-researched exhibition, with catalogue, in one of the Hunter galleries.  In the past, while students have been eager for such an experience, they have found it difficult to fit into the current requirements of the MA or MFA degree, especially the two-semester, six-credit sequence.   The new Curatorial Certificate is a 12-credit program, but for students currently enrolled in the Hunter MA or MFA programs, 6 of those 12 credits can be applied both toward the certificate and toward credit requirements within the existing 30 credit MA degree in Art History or the existing 48 credit MFA.   Six are in addition to those credit limits in both programs. 

  • Who can apply by October 12, 2016 for the spring semester 2017?

Any student who has completed the Hunter College MA in Art History or MFA in Studio Art 


Any graduate student currently enrolled in the Department of Art and Art History who has completed one semester of the MA program (with at least 2 courses) or one year in the MFA.  The application process will be competitive as spaces are limited to spots available in the relevant courses.  Priority will be given to students more advanced in their academic careers and students may reapply.

  • Who can apply by March 20, 2017 for the fall semester 2017?

Current Hunter MA and MFA students and Hunter Art and Art History graduate program alumni, as noted above. The program will also open in the fall to anyone holding a completed MA in Art History from another accredited institution.

  • What application materials are required?

Students applying with a completed degree must apply on-line through the ApplyYourself Application Network at


For currently enrolled students, please complete the following and return your application to Laura Frantz (HN 11054):

1.      Write a statement of interest (please take care with your writing!)  Tell us why you want to acquire the curatorial certificate. What experience and goals do you have? 1-1 1/2 pages.

2.     Print off two referral forms or pick them up in person from the art department office.  Hand the forms to two professors who know your work and are willing to recommend you.  The professor will return the form to Laura.

3.     List the names of your recommenders on your application.

4.     Supply a transcript of your work at Hunter (unofficial is acceptable)

(There is no application fee for internal candidates.  Also, you can apply financial aid to these courses while you are earning a degree, but not if you take the certificate separately or after you graduate). 


  • What are the basic requirements?

Twelve credits total, six of which can also be used toward the MA or MFA degree

ARTH 60200 Research Methods (3 credits)

ARTH 760.003 or ARTH 760.006 Curatorial Practicum: either the one-semester, three-credit or two-semester, six-credit practicum, culminating in a finished exhibition.  Students must complete both semesters of the 6-credit course to receive credit and to have the course qualify for the certificate. (Curatorial Certificate students will have priority for enrollment in these courses.  While a Curatorial Practicum will be offered each year, we cannot guarantee that a choice of one and two semester courses will always be available.)  With special permission ARTH 780.099, Guided Internship, may also meet this requirement.

Three to six elective credits, chosen from:  ARTH 761 Special Topics in the History of Exhibition and Collecting; ARTH 780.14 Curatorial Methods; ARTH780 .08 Artist’s Institute