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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 the fine arts has produced, or its 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 is 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 present 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 citizens’ 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.

Noel W. Anderson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Printmaking

NYU Washington Square and Paris, France

Program Dates:

Fall 2019 in Washington Square; travel to Paris Sunday, January 5 - Monday, January 13, 2020

Application Deadlines:

Applications for 2019-2020 will be sent to eligible students by May 30, 2019.


Eligible candidates for global honors seminars are Steinhardt students enrolled in their freshman or sophomore year during 2019-2020. You must have a Steinhardt cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate a record of leadership, community engagement, and service. 

Students may participate in only one global honors seminar during their degree.

Course May Count Towards:

Expressive Cultures CORE
Liberal Arts elective
Unrestricted elective
Major or minor in Art and Art Professions


Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 5:45pm - 9:05pm
Class Location: TBD
Course Number: ARTCR-UE.10


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 Fall 2019.

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 France, 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 three months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US 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

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