Our M.A. in Arts Politics offers an intimate and intensive one-year experience that expands the possibilities of cultural production. New York University rigorously explores the interplay between critical theory and creative practice. We provide a one-of-a-kind encounter with activists, artists, theorists and curators from diverse disciplines and interests.
Students take five core courses inside the Department of Art & Public Policy plus multiple electives across the university. Our flexible curriculum inspires M.A. students to develop highly individualized paths of creativity, research and professional development, while also allowing for collaborative exploration.
The core curriculum has a dual focus: Theory, and Methods and Criticism.
The Theory courses give students a strong background in key concepts in Arts Politics.
The Methods and Criticism courses encourage students to develop critical frameworks in relation to their own work and the creative and professional transitions they seek to make after school.
A Graduate Colloquium in the fall and numerous electives throughout the year allow students to further locate and shape their particular modes of inquiry. Students select one elective from the Departmental elective offerings, with three other electives to be selected from the Department or any other open graduate-level courses in departments across the university.
Five classes are taken in the fall for a total of 18 units. The course load then lightens to four classes for 16 units during spring to allow students to focus more of their energy on specific projects of their choice, as well as collaborations and post-graduation planning.
To apply, you’ll need to submit the General Graduate Application to Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a department-specific portfolio or creatine supplement. Each of these can be submitted online. The Office of Graduate Admissions manages the application process in close consultation with each department.
Admission is based on an evaluation of previous creative and academic achievements, a clear sense of critical direction, and compatibility with the aims and ideas of the program. Successful applicants come from various backgrounds, including practicing artists, those working within the arts, community organizers and those with many years of professional experience or more recently out of an undergraduate program.