Policy & Theory of the Arts: About

A new cultural discourse has materialized in Israel and abroad in recent years. The focus of this discourse is an interdisciplinary approach to culture and the various elements thereof: art, design and architecture are examined in the light of research doctrines rooted in humanities and social sciences. In this context, there is a growing need for theoretical deliberation and professional training in the fields that accompany the world of art and design: management of art and culture institutions, curatorial studies, museology, art criticism, the history of design and cultural policy. These fields, some of which assist in mediating between the creative artist and the audience, are of critical importance to the consolidation of Israeli culture generally and policy making regarding artistic matters in particular.
The absence of local training programs for professionals in these fields led to a serious shortage in writers, critics, curators and managers of cultural institutions who are qualified to contribute to the world of culture and creativity in Israeli society.
The thesis-based master's degree programs dealing with art history offered by the various universities of Israel emphasize the absence of a research-based master's degree program emanating from the creative environment, whose graduates would be able to contribute to the theoretical aspects as well as to the practical aspects of Israeli culture.

Program Elements
The program aspires to combine theoretical exploration of the field of art, design and culture in Israel with a profound understanding of the essence and history of art, and familiarity with the processes taking place in the field of art and culture in Israel today, as well as becoming involved and operating in it.
The program accepts bachelor's degree graduates who completed their training in the various creative worlds taught at the Bezalel Academy and at other art and design institutions, or in humanities and social studies, seeking a unique activity through which they can continue their studies or acquire the intellectual background required for their specialized professional career.
The program, with its two specialized majors (the curatorial studies major and the art criticism major) will provide the students with a broad theoretical foundation in such aspects of the global and Israeli art and culture world as theory, art criticism and current research.

The Curatorial Studies Major Program
The curatorial studies major program is intended to train a new generation of professional curators possessing an extensive historic and theoretical background. Understanding the importance of the process of training curators, the curriculum for this major program includes a diversified range of courses that combine the theoretical and practical aspects of the curator's function with the various elements thereof, which are intended to enrich and broaden the capabilities of the curator as the person entrusted with an important mediating function between the creative artists and the audience.

The Art Criticism Major Program
The art criticism major program is intended to train a new generation of professional art critics possessing an extensive historic and theoretical background. The curriculum for this major program includes courses that combine between the theoretic aspects of artistic creation and the practical aspects of writing, while perfecting the students' writing, written expression and critical skills.
The range of courses offered by both major programs will enable the student to consolidate an in-depth specialization (major) direction through both thesis-based and non thesis-based curricular activities. The small study groups and personal instruction will ensure personal attention and close contact between the students and lecturers. The unique creative environment of the Bezalel Academy will enable the students to come into direct contact with contemporary art and design practices.