CCAA | Chinese Contemporary Art Award - Zurich University of the Arts



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The CCAA online course offers exclusive insights into the Chinese art scene’s developments, including the Chinese Contemporary Art Award established by Mr Uli Sigg and the Sigg Collection as part of the M+ museum in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Art


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.

Moreover, you will gain insights into Chinese contemporary art, first-hand information about the art scene in China, and a wide range of contacts with relevant local and international institutions and actors.

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

Target Group

The CCAA online 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.

With its audit track, the CCAA online course also welcomes curious individuals.

Learning Objectives

In this online course you will learn:

By working through the entire online course, you will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to analyse and navigate the Chinese contemporary art scene.

Course Structure

This online course will be accessible for one year, beginning on April 13, 2016. For the first six weeks, it will be released as a time-based MOOC with a new chapter launched every Wednesday. Later on, it will be available as a self-paced course.

Enrol in a track

This course features two different tracks.

The Audit Track is free and allows you to get familiar with the subject. The Certificate Track costs €119. To obtain a Certificate of Accomplishment, you must submit an assignment. The ZHdK Centre of Further Education evaluates assignments three times a year: 22 June 2016, 23 November 2016 and 3 May 2017