On a campus that is itself an expression of 20th and 21st-century art, in the company of practitioners, prominent historians and critics, and surrounded by world-class museums, galleries, and art spaces, there is no better place to make a career happen.
Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory
The MA program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory provides an opportunity for serious students to practice deep engagement in the visual arts and prepares them with what is necessary to interpret, critique, and decode modern and contemporary culture. For those interested in further specialization, the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory offers two additional tracks within the degree:
Art, Criticism, and Theory/Art+Design Dual MA/MFA Program
Particularly beneficial, Purchase’s dual MA/MFA degree offerings allow for close interaction between departments, resulting in a curriculum designed for collaborative study.
Through cross-participatory critiques, discussions, and assignments, the educational experience is broadened, leaving students with not only a deep understanding of art and art practices, but also an invaluable comfort working with makers.
In conjunction with theoretical teachings and seminars, students gain a critical mindset as they pursue professional application in the highest ranks of the field.
Museum + Curatorial Studies (M+)
The Museum + Curatorial Studies (M+) track within the Art History MA at Purchase College is a hands-on course of study in the history, theory and criticism of modern and contemporary art, as well as the histories, functions and futures of its institutions. Centered around the Neuberger Museum of Art and its rich permanent collection, this program uniquely connects the museum, the department of Art History, and the School of Art + Design to provide practical experience necessary to the contemporary arts professional.
The curriculum is designed to build upon the Art History MA’s grounding in modern and contemporary art history, theory and criticism, critical and visual studies, and critical writing, deepening students’ understanding of how arts institutions function, and rethinking the social role of the arts within our current moment.
Working with the Neuberger’s permanent collection, students produce a year-long program of academic inquiry and public programming, including research, critical and historical texts, gallery tours, symposia, and invited speakers. Workshops with guest speakers, engagement with New York City area institutions, and museum and gallery internships further prepare students for careers including curating, art writing, museum education, collection management, museum design, interpretation, digital platforms, registration, and academia/PhD programs.
In collaboration with faculty, museum professionals, practicing artists, historians, critics, and fellow graduate students in the MFA track, M+ students will imagine what it means to make a Museum Wide Open.