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United Kingdom: Interpreting Exhibitions: Art + Fashion

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives.

Spend two weeks in London and explore how art and fashion co-mingle in the city’s innovative arts and culture programming! Students will visit private collections, heritage sites, small museums and galleries, as well as major museums and arts centers. Participants will meet curators and programmers; analyze and critique exhibitions; and engage in discussions about the motivations and goals that shape contemporary strategies of visual presentation. Throughout, students are asked to contextualize the thinking behind curatorial presentations, within the exhibition itself and within London–a global hub of politics and finance, where the popular is celebrated alongside the traditional and where class structures and immigration patterns map onto the city’s geography and shape its daily life.

Rachel Lifter

Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director


London, UK

Program Dates:

June 9 - 24, 2023

Application Deadline:

  • Priority Deadline: February 9, 2023
  • Regular Deadline: March 9, 2023*

*Rolling admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Related Areas of Study:

  • Costume Studies
  • Visual Arts Administration
  • Art and Art Professions
  • Media and Culture
  • Modern Culture Studies

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for a total of 3 credits and take the following course:

  • ARVA-GE 2027, Section 099(Class # 4503) - Interpreting Exhibitions (3 credits) 

Offered through the Department of Art and Art Professions.

Important Note: This course fulfills the ARVA-GE 2027 requirement for Visual Arts Administration students on the Arts Management track. Led by Dr. Rachel Lifter, Director of the master’s program in Costume Studies, the program places equal emphasis on art and fashion. All graduate students are welcome to apply. 

All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied toward their program requirements and degree completion.


Rachel Lifter, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of MA Costume Studies, Department of Art and Art Professions


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


  • Steinhardt Overseas Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) – $6,060
  • Steinhardt Graduate Overseas Registration and Services Fees – $687
  • Housing & Activity Fee – $1,600
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance – Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total – $8,347

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2023 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Learn about graduate study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Global Affairs will inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates, arriving to and departing from London. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into the United Kingdom typically depart New York a day in advance.

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

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to the UK of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State Department, UK Visas and Immigration, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide, NYU in London

Weather: In London, June/July temperatures tend to be milder than in New York, usually in the low 70°s (Fahrenheit). Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in the UK.

Pre-Departure Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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