iversity Online Course: CCAA | Chinese Contemporary Art Award

Course starts: 13 April 2016
Open to: curators, collectors, art managers, artists, journalists, cultural producers, gallery owners and researchers but also curious individuals
Tracks: Audit Track for free/Certificate Track EUR 119

About the course

How can we think of culture as a tool for understanding foreign societies? Why do emerging countries consider cultural values as instrumental in their quest for modernisation? How can art contribute to a country’s public image? These are central questions in an increasingly globalised world. Through a case study on global culture, this online course on the first ever award for contemporary art in China aims to address these questions and to find some possible answers.

While working through six chapters, you will receive exclusive reading material, supplementary videos and background information about the developments in the Chinese art scene over the past 40 years, the Chinese Contemporary Art Award established by Mr Uli Sigg as well as the Sigg Collection as part of the newly created M+ museum in Hong Kong. The course is produced by the Centre of Further Education at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), based on research by IFCAR and presented by Michael Schindhelm on the e-learning platform iversity.org.


  • Course is tailored to the needs and interests of curators, collectors, art managers, artists, journalists, cultural producers, gallery owners and researchers but equally attractive for curious individuals;
  • If you opt for the Certification of Accomplishment track, you must have experience in a cultural or artistic field in order to help shape your personal perspective. Such prior knowledge will help you while completing the assignment and applying models and methods.

What will you learn?

  • About the crucial stakeholders, institutions and networks that influence/d Chinese contemporary art;
  • Divergent terminological interpretations in a global context;
  • How questions can be discussed and approached with the CCAA case study, by applying it to other topics in the field of global culture;
  • The strategy of running an art award;
  • The ambivalences of Chinese art historiography and how to build a sensorium for different interest groups and their agendas;
  • A method on how to study cultural milieus with the hep of a specific model;
  • Develop criteria necessary for critically engaging with Chinese contemporary art.

How to enroll?

You can enroll for FREE at the iversity platform HERE. You can certify your learning by choosing the certificate track or simply audit the course without a certificate – Audit Track for free, Certificate Track – EUR 119.

For more information please visit the official website.

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