We encourage BFA students to take advantage of the global pathway at NYU Berlin, where you can complete your studio art degree requirements while studying abroad!

Study Art in Berlin

Berlin is a cosmopolitan city that holds a complex and crucial place in modern European history. Youthful, artistic, and cutting-edge, it is home to the most innovative contemporary art scene in Europe. You’ll have an unparalleled studio experience with the Steinhardt Studio Art Program at NYU Berlin

Course(s) and Electives

Complete a Required Course

The Visual Arts Praxis (ART-UE 900) course is offered during the Fall semester, allowing you to take a required course and stay on track with their BFA.

In Berlin, this class focuses on the question of Identity– how identity is constructed and how conditions of identity affect the art-making process of each individual student. Recent political events such as the rise of populism in the US and Europe, movements like “Black Lives Matter,” and the refugee crisis are discussed in conjunction with artistic activity like Wolfang Tillmans' Anti-Brexit Campaign and the painting of David Leggett. We use a variety of psychological, art theoretical, philosophical, political, and sociological texts to discuss the topic.


You may also take a variety of electives while in Berlin, including art and art history courses.

Student Life

Our on-site staff will provide support for you during your time abroad. We’ll help you connect with your host culture throughout your stay with orientation, trips, student clubs, and language exchanges. Housing is guaranteed to all students and will vary by location.

Further Opportunities

Our NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai campuses offer additional art courses to give you a global perspectve. We offer many core, liberal arts, and content elective courses abroad that allow you to explore your interests across continents and cultures

No matter where you choose to spend a semester abroad, you can gain an understanding of how global cultures are influencing contemporary art.

Please talk with your academic adviser about making our global locations work with your program of study.