During the first year students are in constant contact with the cooperating museums; they are part of discussions about the conception and realization of exhibitions and the presentation of collections. University seminars provide an opportunity for the participants to extend their expertise. Furthermore, criteria and categories of art criticism as well as academic principles of art theory and aesthetics will be discussed.


A course module on the history of the museum and exhibitions complements the program. A two-month-long internship, preferably resulting in the collaboration on an exhibition project, offers an insight into the curatorial departments of a museum or exhibition institution. Fundamental to the second year is the development of the master’s thesis, and in-depth work on object-related approaches combined with theoretical inquiry.


During the second and the third semester, each class creates a curatorial project in cooperation with university lectures and the museums in Frankfurt. It is the students' task to develop and realize a project within a given frame. In 2013, the students curated a performance and film program for a Pentrável by Hélio Oiticia together with the MMK Museum of Moderne Kunst Frankfurt. In 2014, they created the cabinet exhibition Vergessene Koerper:Helmut Kolle und Max Beckmann together with the Staedel Museum. In 2015, they conceived the exhibition series Doppelzimmer together with the KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin.