The MA Program 

On a campus that is itself an expression of 20th and 21st-century art, the Art History MA program, Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory, provides a unique academic experience, which values the making of art, as well as its interpretation and critique in modern and contemporary culture.

The rigorous curriculum explores the critical background of 20th and 21st century art and visual culture. And through MA colloquia, we introduce students to the world of some of the most prominent critics, artists, and historians working today.

Students in the Art History MA program study art history, theory, and criticism with a focus on modern and contemporary art. There are particularly encouraged to immerse themselves in the rich study, work and research opportunities found in New York City and the surrounding region.

Whether transitioning into a second career or just starting out, our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. A typical student entering the Art History MA program does have a background in the field, but we encourage students with different backgrounds to apply if they show a demonstrable interest or related experience and are willing to fulfill prerequisites in order to complete the program.

Because we are a small and selective cohort, we also encourage (but do not require) students to arrange an on-campus or remote interview as part of the application process.

Additional Tracks

For those interested in further specialization, the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism  and Theory offers two additional tracks within the degree: the dual MA/MFA option and the MA/M+ Curatorial Studies option.