The graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an intensive course of study in the history of the contemporary visual arts, the institutions and practices of exhibition-making, and the theory and criticism of the visual arts since the 1960s. The program is broadly interdisciplinary, and provides practical training and experience within a museum setting. It is uniquely positioned within the larger Center’s tripartite resources, which include the CCS Bard Library and Archives and the Hessel Museum of Art, with its rich permanent collection.
Its international faculty includes curators and other museum professionals, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, artists, and critics.
The curriculum is specifically designed to deepen students understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating exhibitions of contemporary art, particularly within the complex social and cultural situations of present-day arts institutions, and to help students improve their interpretive and critical writing.
The Center initiated its graduate program in curatorial studies in the fall of 1994. Hundreds of curators, critics, scholars, artists, and other arts professionals have taught seminars or lectured in practicums and courses since the program began. Center alumni/ae now include more than 200 figures working prominently in the field in the U.S. and abroad.
CCS Bard also sponsors gallery tours, lecture series, conferences, artist talks and other programs in conjunction with its exhibitions and courses taught in the graduate program. The purpose of these programs is to foster new forums for the discussion of important issues related to the contemporary visual arts and culture and to encourage new scholarship and exhibition initiatives that can contribute to the development of the graduate curriculum.