Master of Exhibitions and Curatorial Studies

Master - 9 months

  • School: Management
  • IED Credits: 60

  • School: Management
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: 20 January 2022
  • Language : English

    Master of Exhibitions and Curatorial Studies

    The Master of Exhibitions and Curatorial Studies focuses on the production of contemporary knowledge and exhibitions around the disciplines of design: textile and fashion, product and space, visual and art books. This programme allows students to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to develop projects.

    It is a comprehensive programme in which, over four modules, students will see case studies, theoretical notions and the main lines of research. This goes hand-in-hand with the theoretical knowledge necessary for proper management of exhibition spaces, floor layouts, insurance and packaging of works.

    This programme takes place in the city of Madrid, the cultural heart of the country where the most important museums, hundreds of art galleries and an intense cultural life come together, which will favour the students’ contacts.

    Course file

    Master of Exhibitions and Curatorial Studies

    • Type of course : Master
    • Language : English
    • School: Management
    • IED Credits: 60
    • Start date: 20 January 2022
    • Duration: 9 months
    • Timetable : Afternoon-Evening De 18:30 a 22:30 (Lunes a viernes. De 3 a 5 días a la semana).
    • Attendance: Mixed
    • Qualification: Private
    • Enrollment rate: 3900 €
    • Course Fee: 10500 €



    The relation between clothing and the body who wears it, which moves and lives into it, is the core around the one we will be developing the programme on textile and fashion. Clothes have been exposed since the beginning of times, due to its symbolic significance. Dresses have been collected with (or without) a subjective intention and have been the origin of many of our actual Museums dedicated to Fashion. Once fashion has become an accepted cultural object, exhibitions dedicated to it have spread through many different institutions, with the most diverse goals, endowing clothing with a large variety of significations that multiply the possibilities of exhibition set ups.

    The fragility of the materials and the complexity of it techniques, the so-told relation with the body and, in consequence, with the person who wore the item itself, the different uses –and meanings- that one garment can live throw time, are some of the aspects that have to be taking notice of when we decide to curate an exhibition on fashion.

    The module is coordinated by: Helena López de Hierro - Director of Museo del Traje


    The module offers critical, conceptual and practical tools for the curating and exhibiting of architecture and design. Through a detailed analysis and discussion of a selection of heterogeneous case studies, it looks at modern and contemporary precedents and discussions about how to exhibit a range of spatial practices that include: industrial design, interior design, architecture, urbanism, landscape, preservation, and material and spatial questions relating to everyday life––from domestic and common spaces to the city and the territory.

    It investigates new strategies of dissemination and speculates on new ways to effectively communicate with a general and specialized audience. While helping the students to develop their own research and curatorial agenda, this module also offers theoretical and methodological tools to accurately translate them within the exhibition and institutional space.   

    The module is coordinated by Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco - Architect, Curator and Scholar (Princeton University)


    The module aims to explore the role of the curator in the edition of artists' books and contemporary art. The lines of research will be structured around the curating of editions, based on case studies and theoretical content, as well as distribution strategies and art book fairs. Visits to artist studios and contemporary art spaces will also be an essential part of the program. As a final project, each student will be accompanied in the development of an artist's book.

    The module is coordinated by Cristina Anglada and Gema Melgar - Co-directors / Co-founders - This is Jackalope


    Learn to generate a specially crafted ephemeral or curated exhibition space, starting from the tools of conservation, management and development within the world of art and museography up to the production of events through practical knowledge.


    Professional Opportunities

    • Exhibition curator - both independent and for museums, galleries, design spaces
    • Collections management
    • Researcher

    Programme Leaders

    This is Jackalope
     Visual & Art Books

    Lluís Alexandre Casanovas
     Spatial & Product

    Helena López de Hierro
    Textil & Fashion

    Exhibition Management and Development.

    Methodology of the Master’s Degree School

    By completing an IED Madrid master's degree programme, you will access cross-cutting training that complements your knowledge and strengthens your skills, preparing you to be a unique profile in the job market. 

    Online preparatory course: optional

    As a student of this master's degree, you will be able to participate in a preparatory course on basic tools for understanding the functioning of design and the skills, from a technical and personal development point of view, inherent to it:

    • Presentation and portfolio
    • Methodology
    • Social Innovation
    • Photoshop *you will be able to take a level test at the start of the course
    • Indesign *you will be able to take a level test at the start of the course

    Elective subjects: IED credits

    In addition to the core subjects of the master’s degree programme, you may choose between 2 and 5 optional branches that make up the DNA of IED students. These training branches cover the tools that will make the difference in completing your professional profile.

    CoLAB: IED credits

    To enhance the cross-cutting nature of the programmes, we have a collaborative project in which students from different programmes come together to develop one single project. With the guidance of leading professionals in the sector as tutors, the working groups will approach new disciplines and techniques. You will meet profiles from other programmes, you will interact with them as in companies’ multidisciplinary work groups, enjoying a unique experience that will enrich the way you approach a project.
    In addition, this collaborative project will feature two weeks of conferences, workshops and group presentations: WikIED.

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