Art and Art Professions

About NYU Art

The mission of the Department of Art and Art Professions is to educate developing artists and art professionals within a tier-one research university environment to become socially-engaged, culturally-aware, and transformative practitioners and leaders in their respective fields. We are committed to championing interdisciplinary research, aesthetic experimentation, and inventive approaches to teaching and public programming, in order to  provide graduate and undergraduate students with the intellectual and creative tools to achieve their highest individual potential within a larger social context. We support and challenge students as they develop broad-based technical and critical-thinking skills and engage with the wider NYC and Global Arts communities.

Located in New York's East Village, the department serves as a vibrant site for artistic experimentation and intellectual exchange. The Department draws upon a faculty of acclaimed artists, scholars, and critics. It offers programs and courses that integrate technical skills with theoretical understanding within the context of a university setting.

BFA and MFA programs in studio art are interdisciplinary, and combine cultural theory with facilities in painting, sculpture, photography, computer art and design, video, ceramics, metalsmithing, and installation. The department’s MA programs include Art + Education, Visual Arts Administration, Costume Studies, and Art Therapy.

New York City’s galleries, museums, schools, studios, and performance spaces, from Chelsea to Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, are an integral part of NYU’s campus, as are the university’s vast intellectual and academic resources. New York University is one of the nation’s leading research universities, with over 50,000 students enrolled in 230 different areas of study.

Initiatives include collaborations with NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, PERFORMA, the international Biennial of Performance Art, and the Urban Glass Workshop in Brooklyn. Community based initiatives in studio art, art education, and art therapy are complimented by an extended network of internships and field placements with outstanding artists, museums, galleries, publishers, filmmakers, schools, and hospitals.  Global Education currently features a Steinhardt Art Site in Berlin. 

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