The Art + Education program envisions a radical space where contemporary art and social justice education meet. We believe that artist-educators are cultural workers, researchers, public intellectuals, and activists who help us see ourselves and the world in new ways. Our degrees include hands-on experiences in schools, community settings, and the public realm.
Master of Arts
Art, Education, and Community Practice
Join a community of artists, educators, activists, and community organizers working together to create critical art interventions that inspire dialogue and catalyze social change.
Master of Arts
Grades K–12, Initial Certification
With a focus on contemporary art, social justice education, and critical multiculturalism, the MA in Teaching Art, K–12, Initial Certification envisions the artist-educator as cultural worker, intellectual, and activist.
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Bachelor of Fine Arts /
Master of Arts
Studio Art / Teaching Art
This dual degree allows undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a masters degree and teaching certification while they focus on their art practice.Degree Details
Art+Education Program Goals
Examine the ways that art making and the teaching of art are grounded in power structures situated within social, political, and cultural institutions and history.
- Understand that art and education are forms of knowledge production that allow us to make meaning about the world based on our experiences of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability; this knowledge can help us represent the world, as well as transform it.
- Design methods for teaching art and enacting artistic interventions that support critical thinking, creative inquiry, and social change inspired by contemporary approaches to art making, analyzing works of historical and current art, and social activism.
- Demonstrate the ability to be reflective practitioners and effective researchers who understand that theory informs practice and practice must be theorized.
- Empower persuasive cultural advocates and community leaders able to articulate the importance of art in schools, institutions, and society at large.
News & Events
NYU Art + Ed and Astor Fellows in Germany
With a focus on race, identity, and historical memory, Art + Education faculty Dipti Desai and Jessica Hamlin led a trip for 11 New York City public school teachers to Berlin and Kassel, Germany this summer.
NYU Steinhardt Alumna Susan Rowe Harrison (Art + Education, 2023) Presents a Solo Show at YYZ Artist Outlet
Her show “Weather Report” opened September 17th, 2022, in Toronto, Ontario, and runs through December 17th, 2022.
Kimmel Windows Exhibition – Passport to the Past, 2022
Passport to the Past, a public exhibition, was on view from January to March 2022 at New York University Kimmel Windows Gallery on the corner of Washington Square East and West 4th Street.
Art + Education Alumna Susan Unterberg Presents Political Thinking: Digital Images and Books
Susan Unterberg is a New York-based photographer. Her work has encompassed video installation, book form, and large and small format color prints.
Art + Education Alumna Kim King Earns Connecticut's Highest Teaching Recognition
NYU Steinhardt Art + Education alumna Kim King was named Connecticut's 2022 Teacher of the Year. Ms. King is an alumna of Steinhardt's Art + Education program ('99).
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Art and Art Professions
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