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There is Bread & Salt Between Us - MFA Exhibition Curated by Valentyna Onisko, MFA 2017
Gain advanced theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the fields of curation and critical art writing.

The graduate program in Criticism and Curatorial Practices (CCP) focuses uniquely on supporting you to acquire advanced research skills in the areas of curation, art history and critical art writing.

In this program you will contribute to new knowledge through the creation of unique research on artists and artworks in changing contexts of display, reception and research. This program positions you to creatively draw on theoretical and historical contexts, as well as creative precedents to be at the forefront of today’s arts and culture landscape.

Through the CCP program you will:

  • take introductory courses in curation and in critical art writing, in addition to courses that foreground experiential learning, and independent research and writing
  • explore your independent research leading to the final exhibition or criticism thesis,
  • take electives that connect them with graduate students in other programs
  • participate in study-abroad courses, creative residencies, and to gain credit for internships and placement
  • take part in an internship that allows you to integrate the knowledge gleaned from first-year seminars with the practices of curating and criticism.

Check out the course calendar here for current courses offered.

Develop your voice as an arts-based researcher with support from faculty and with access to these resources:

  • Dedicated workspaces on our downtown Toronto campus
  • Access to the Graduate Gallery, which all graduate students can access to host exhibitions and events year-round.
  • Co-location with the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories graduate program graduate program for building connection and community.
  • Seminar and elective courses.
  • Events and gatherings, such as exhibitions, guest lectures, conferences, and symposium in partnership with arts organizations.

Students have the opportunity to curate exhibitions in the Graduate Gallery during the course of the year as a part of or independent of their studies. During the winter term second year thesis exhibitions take place in the Graduate Gallery and in art spaces across the city.

The CCP program is a part of a constellation of arts and cultural organizations, which will enrich student networks through:

  • partnerships, internships and events at organizations such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum, C Magazine, the Toronto Alliance of Art Critics, or other galleries and artist-run centres nationally and internationally
  • CCP students can take self driven internships in gallery, museum, arts publication or other relevant cultural institution as a part of the program.

CCP Alumni have active careers in arts and culture sector. Graduates from the program have gone on to start critical art writing magazines, teach in post-secondary settings, and work independently and within galleries, museums and arts and culture festivals as Executive Directors and Curators. 


Criticism & Curatorial Practice
Degree earned
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
2 years

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