Visual Culture and Contemporary Art - Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #190 (WUR) ,
Visual Culture and Contemporary Art - Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA) at Aalto University is a two-year, transdisciplinary major on contemporary art and its publics and is delivered by Aalto University. It provides a structure for reflection and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere. 


We aim to 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 knowledges.

The CuMMA studies give the students the opportunity to learn with and from artists, activists, practitioners and theorists. The content is actively developed in relation to the changing demands of the curatorial and cultural field. We put an emphasis on developing ways to promote each student’s own curatorial, theoretical and educational thinking. Our pedagogical models are based on shared expertise and exploratory learning and are applied in order to create an open, conversational and dialogic space for learning and acting.

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 Major Learning Outcomes:Content Outcomes:
  • Students understand and are interested in international discourses on the visual art scene
  • Students learn and discuss about relevant theories for curating, managing and mediating art
  • Students see the interconnectedness of cultural substances and organizational practices, and can shift their perspective from individual processes to institutions and to public sphere
  • Students get an insight in the classical curatorial tasks as collecting, showing, researching, organizing and mediating, they learn to analyze them critically within history and to actualize them for their practices
Skill Outcomes:
  • Students are aware of different representational and post-representational practices, and can use different methods to produce, curate and build exhibition contents
  • Students learn about and experiment with strategies of conceptualization, narration, visualization, education and communication of projects in museums and institutions
Academic Skills:
  • Students learn to analyze and write on exhibitions
  • Students are able to engage in open research processes that think together theory and practice based approaches
  • Students master the basics of academic writing, and are able to use valid references in their texts

The Visual Culture and Contemporary Art - Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA) programme is offered at Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art
  • Exploring Historical and Theoretical Roots
  • Academic Skills
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Aalto Dialogue
  • Artist in Society
  • Master's Thesis

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Credits
              120 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

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            Academic Requirements

            • An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
            • A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system. 
            • An officially attested copy ofan official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
            • An official transcript of records
            • An authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma and an authorised translation of the official transcript of records
            • Language certificate
            • Portfolio
            • A CV

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              15000 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
            • EU/EEA Applies to you

              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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            Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English from August 2017 onwards are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. 

            Living costs for Helsinki

            910 - 1400 EUR/month
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