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Art and Art Professions

Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU

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

BFA and MFA programs in studio art are interdisciplinary, and combine cultural theory courses with facilities in painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, computer art and design, video, ceramics, metalsmithing, and installation. The department’s MA programs include Art + EducationVisual Arts AdministrationCostume 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.

NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).


Studio Art

Our Studio Art program is at the forefront of contemporary art practice, with MFA and BFA degrees and two undergraduate minor concentrations in the field of visual arts.

Art Therapy

Our MA in Art Therapy integrates psychotherapy and visual arts practice that engages the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment.

Art + Education

Join our community of artists, educators, and activists in the historic Lower East Side and Greenwich Village⁠ – epicenter of social activism, radical education, and cutting-edge art in New York City!

Costume Studies

The MA in Costume Studies program focuses on fashion as an important cultural product in the context of material culture and the fine and decorative arts.

Visual Arts Administration

Learn how to be a dynamic leader in the visual arts field. Our Visual Arts Administration program was the first in the nation to focus on visual arts management careers in both traditional and alternative contexts.


Arts Administration Celebrates 50 Years

Performing Arts Administation and Visual Arts Administration celebrate 50 years at NYU.

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Performa (Founded by RoseLee Goldberg) is featured in Vogue

Performa Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary With a Live Art Telethon and Limited-Edition Homewares

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Lyle Ashton Harris is featured on CNN

A trove of old Ektachrome slides shows artists, friends and lovers in the 1980s and '90s

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Professor Nancy Deihl is interviewed in Vox's "Our masked future"

Professor Nancy Deihl is interviewed in Vox's article, "Our Masked Future: Wearing a mask all the time affects how we interact with each other. But how?"

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Susan Unterberg (Art Education) Alumni Profiled on PBS

The work of women artists makes up only three to five percent of major museums' permanent collections in the US and Europe. Many of these artists struggle financially - but Susan Unterberg is trying to change that.

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Tammy Brown

Director for Planning & Communications

Jon Huron

Exhibitions Coordinator

Aaron Kissman

Studio Operations Administrator

Julia Louise Olson

Senior Advisement and Academic Affairs Manager

Maya Pollack

Academic Advisor & Undergraduate Student Services Counselor

Maura Puscheck

Digital Communications & Development Administrator

MaryAnn Santos

Senior Advisement and Student Affairs Administrator

Meghan Wilcox

Graduate Professions Advisor