Graduate Application Guide

Art + Education: Art, Education, and Community Practice (AECP-MA)

Catalyze social change through the arts. This interdisciplinary, non-certification master of arts program prepares artists, educators, designers, community organizers, and other publicly situated activists to work within community-based settings, museums, NGOs, or broader public and civic contexts. You’ll take courses in contemporary artistic practice, educational theory, and social activism, and work with practicing artists and educators in community-based and neighborhood settings around New York City, examining how art and design can open dialogue about a community’s history, culture, and social needs.

Academic Plan Code: AECP

Degree: MA

Credits: 34

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A
Fall: February 1

Program Information
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How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

500 words. We encourage applicants to address the following in their statement: Describe your experiences as an artist, organizer and/or activist in community-based settings. What is the role of art and the artist in communities and society at large? Why are you applying to the NYU program in Art, Education, and Community Practice and how will the program support your personal and professional goals?

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

Your recommenders should be academic and professional colleagues who can speak to your background in art and/or education and activism.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English


You are required to upload a portfolio of your artwork. There is a $10 portfolio fee. See detailed portfolio guidelines.

Your portfolio should reflect the strongest selections of your practice, specific to work in community-based contexts as an artist, activist, and/or educator.

Artist's Statement

Optional. Upload to Slideroom.

Personal Interview

We interview all eligible applicants as part of the admission process, either in person or by Skype or phone. This interview is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and determine if it will meet your personal and career goals. We will notify you by email to schedule your interview with the program faculty.


2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items 

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.