Global Affairs

Art: Practice and Ideas, How Art Makes the World

The prevailing view most people have of visual art is that it is 'creative self-expression', or worse, an isolated act of leisure. Some students may not be conscious of the expansive implications research in fine arts has produced, or ots link to the production of knowledge in the humanities. The goal of this course is to use Paris, France as a ground from which to engage people's perceptions of the visual arts. Students will move away from the idea that art us about creative or 'emotive' self-expression towards an understanding of art as a process of inquiry --a mode of generating knowledge and world production. 

Using Paris, France as a backdrop, this course emphasizes research/creative arts by examining art as a research practice and projecting the view that all citizens should have access to its many forms. Through intense observation of the contemporary and historic modes of artistic production in Paris, students will gain a comprehensive appreciation for the role art has, and continues to play in informing the world. Students will develop a critical lens of assessment through historical and philosophical texts exploring how visual art through the centuries actively produces the Parisian culture. Because art continues its presence in multiple manners (museums, galleries, religious sites, etc.) visual art is part of the global citizen's landscape. This course will educate students on what creative arts-based research is, by considering the historical and contemporary implications of art. Students should exit the course more informed participants in the visual arts. 


NYU Washington Square and Paris, France

Program Dates:

Spring 2018 on Washington Square; travel to Paris March 9-17, 2018

Application Deadlines:

Applications for 2017-2018 will be sent to eligible students by May 31

Who Can Apply:

Eligibility is listed on website

Course May Count Towards:

  • Expressive Cultures CORE
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Unrestricted elective
  • Counts toward major or minor in Art & Art Professions


Meeting Times: Monday 5:45pm-9:05pm 

Class Location: Please check Albert for classroom locations.

Course Number: ARTCR-UE.10.001


Noel Anderson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Printmaking


Undergraduate Tuition: Tuition for the 4-credit course are the same as a regular NYU course.

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2018.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Other Costs:

Participants are responsible for:

  • $400 program fee
  • Daily personal spending money, including most lunches and dinners, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Any pre-departure immunization or medical expenses as required by NYU or recommended by students' personal doctors or the NYU Health Center
  • Visa fees if required
  • Cost of obtaining a passport, if student does not already have one
  • Regular tuition and registration fees


Students will stay in a hotel during the travel component of the seminar.  Rooms are double occupancy.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: NYU Steinhardt will book and pay for roundtrip air travel to Paris, based on the program travel dates.  Students will be required to travel as a group, and alternative flight plans are not allowed.

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

VisaUS citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to France less than three months in duration.  All other passport holders should check  with their respective visa requirements

Helpful links: US State Department,  Center for Disease Control.