Global Affairs

Germany: Art and Ideas: Global Contemporary Art

The city of Berlin is widely recognized to be one of the world’s centers for contemporary art. But this development is relatively recent, as is the category of “global contemporary art.” How did this come to pass, and what importance might it have? In what ways does art claim to be “global” or “contemporary,” and with what consequences? How might we begin to critically evaluate the complex relationships between art, globalization, and contemporary politics? This course will engage such questions through an intensive immersion in the vibrant, cutting-edge environment of the Berlin artworld. Students will learn about these issues first-hand by visiting key exhibitions and cultural institutions, and by meeting regularly with curators, critics, and artists. The course will culminate in a visit to the major international exhibition Documenta 14, which occurs once every five years and is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious venues for contemporary art.


Berlin and Kassel, Germany 

Program Dates:

June 6 - 20, 2017

Application Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications. Students are encouraged to contact to discuss alternative programs.

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Art Theory
  • Studio Art 

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for 3 or 6 credits from the following list of summer 2017 course numbers:

  • ARTCR-GE 2450 Section 099  (Course #1965) - Art and Ideas - (3 or 6 points)
  • ARTCR-UE 1141 Section 099 (Course #3492) - Art and Ideas: The Redefinition of Art - (3 or 6 points)
  • ARVA-GE 2027 Section 099 (Course #5152) - Exhibition and Display of Art and Material Culture (3 Points)

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample syllabus and itinerary: forthcoming


Andrew Weiner, Assistant Professor of Art Theory and Criticism

The faculty also consists of other faculty from the Department of Art and Art Professions, as well as artists, critics, historians, and theorists from respective fields in Germany, Europe, and elsewhere.


2017 Graduate Tuition: $1,596 per point plus registration and service fees, to be billed as part of your summer 2017 Bursar bill.

Bursar’s payment deadline dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2017 Housing Fees: $600

2017 Activity Fees: $600

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


This program takes place at NYU's Academic Center in Berlin, taking advantage of the full range of resources at the Center, including student support and academic infrastructure.

Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Travel, Visa, and Other Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Berlin typically depart New York a day in advance.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Germany of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: In Berlin, summer temperatures tend to range between the mid 50°s to mid 70°s (Fahrenheit). 

Helpful Links: BBC Weather

Admitted Student Resources: click here.