Studio Art and Art Theory
Studio Art for current NYU graduate students and non-degree students
Location: Berlin, Germany and Venice, Italy
Dates: Venice: July 8 - July 12, 2013; Berlin: July 15 - August 16, 2013
The NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions provides artists, students of art, and current and prospective art teachers with an opportunity to do serious creative and high-level studio work for university credit within a rich artistic milieu abroad.
The NYU program in Berlin utilizes a contemporary atelier model of studio instruction. Coursework does not strictly follow a segmented course structure and classes are instead designed to organically intersect and flow into one another. The instructional approach takes many forms, including, workshops, lectures, seminars and critiques. Students are expected to develop and refine an individual artistic voice and are regularly provided with personal instruction from faculty and visiting artists, curators, and theorists. Contemporary art theory is fused throughout the program with ongoing lectures, seminars and visits to museums, galleries, artist studios and other cultural sites.
Large open studios provide a unique and stimulating working environment where ongoing dialogue and ideas are freely exchanged between students, faculty, and visiting artists and curators. Students work across multiple artistic disciplines and develop a body of artwork driven by individual interest. Studio work is further enriched by evening and weekend events, social activities, and ongoing immersion in European culture. The program culminates in a group exhibition held during the final week of the semester.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree. An undergraduate major in studio art or art education, including several courses in art history, is preferred but not required.
An interview is required either by phone, skype, or in person and should be scheduled with Professor Darts, the Department Chair. Students should contact the professors directly to set up the interview (contact info. below).
Slides or digital images in CD or DVD of your artwork must be submitted as part of the application process unless the student is a current graduate student in the Art Department. Current NYU student may apply online here.
Non-NYU students should submit a statement regarding an analysis of your present artwork and the direction that it is taking should accompany the slides or the digital images. Learn more about how non-NYU student may apply by clicking here.
Two academic tracks are available to current NYU students and non-matriculated (i.e. non-degree) graduate students who wish to study in Berlin. The two six credit tracks are perfect for students who are currently enrolled in a M.F.A. or M.A. program at NYU or at another school. These tracks are also appropriate for non-degree students who wish to pursue credits for professional development or who simply wish to pursue further studies in Studio Art and/or Art Theory.
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.
Dates: To Be Determined on a Case by Case Basis with Faculty
Occuring during the month of July, this four week track allows students to enroll in two three-credit course, titled, "Art and Ideas"and "Art Theory and Criticism." A special focus will be placed on contemporary art theory as well as art history through visits to Berlin's galleries and museums.
ART-GE 2451 Art & Ideas (3 points): Theory and Research in Contemporary Art
This course examines critical theory and research as an intellectual foundation for the production of contemporary art. Students will analyze key texts and artworks as they develop a conceptual framework for their own artistic practice. Special emphasis will be placed on examining contemporary art and artists in cultural, socio-political, economic, and pedagogical contexts.
ARTCR-GE 2801 Art Theory and Criticism I (3 points): A critical analysis of contemporary art, discussed in terms of the knowledge and critical skills necessary for the artist to create a personal style. The course is focused on European modern and contemporary art.
ARTCR-GE.2802 Art Theory and Criticism II (3 points): This class surveys theories of contemporary art from the 1970s to the present. Class meetings provide an overview of the parallel appearance of new art forms and the critical theories associated with them. Areas to be explored include contemporary media culture, the politics of the image and identity, social constructions, memory and history as these relate to art theory and criticism.
Dates: To Be Determined on a Case by Case Basis with Faculty
The Studio Art track requires students to spend July and August in Berlin, during which time they will enroll in the courses, "Studio Art" and "Graduate Studio Critique." This six credit track will allow students to spend quality hours in the studios, and have their work critiqued by NYU faculty, visiting artists, and curators. A final exhibition will occur in July with a catalogue of the students' work.
ART-GE 2181 Projects in Painting (3 points): This course guides students through individual and group critiques to expandand explore the formal and expressive aspects of painting. Students areexpected to be self-motivated, but the instructor suggests problems andprocedures when necessary. Extensive out-of-class creative work, museum and gallery visits, and readings are required.
ART-GE 2191.099 Advanced Projects in Painting (3 points)
ARTP-GE 2300.099 Independent Study (3 points)
ART-GE 2380.099 Projects in Photography (3 points)
ART-GE 2382.099 Projects in Video Art (3 points)
ART-GE 2880.099 MA Graduate Student Critique (3 points)
ART-GE.2393.099 Advanced Projects in Art and Media (3 points)
ART-GE.2818.099 Artist as Producer (3 points)
ART-GE 2886.099 MA Graduate Thesis Exhibition (3 points)
Advanced Certificate in Studio Art
Non-degree students who wish to study in Berlin may also want to consider the Advanced Certificate in Studio Art. The Advanced Certificate is a 12-credit program of study grounded in contemporary research and practice that combines cultural theory with contemporary artistic processes. Through a core Interdisciplinary Graduate Projects praxis course and three advanced studio electives, students will hone their artistic and conceptual skills and enhance their portfolios while also addressing the larger philosophical and cultural implications of contemporary artistic activity.
Students in the Advanced Certificate in Studio Art must take a minimum of 6 credits at NYU New York.
For more information about the Advanced Certificate, click here.
Art studios are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students are expected to use the studios intensively. Faculty are present all day in the studios.
David Darts, Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. David Darts faculty bio page.
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.
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.
Upon acceptance into the program, students receive a handbook that contains essential, detailed information on the practical aspects of living in Berlin and Venice, including suggestions on housing. Because each student has different preferences and budgetary concerns, students are responsible for arranging their own housing.
2013 Graduate tuition: $1,367 per point, plus registration fees
Housing Costs: Students are responsible for arranging their own accomodations in Berlin and Venice. Costs vary as students choose to live alone or share with other NYU Studio Art students, from 1000-2500 Euros/month.
2013 Studio Art Activity Fee: $900
For More Information
Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003; (t)1-212-992-9380; (f) 1-212-995-4923; email@example.com
Academic Content: David Darts, Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and HumanDevelopment, New York University, 34 Stuyvesant Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003-7599; (t) 212.998.5700; firstname.lastname@example.org