Purchase offers several highly selective graduate degree programs in the arts. Although the individual programs address different curricular needs, their aim is the same: to prepare serious artists and critics to become leaders in their fields.
This MA program in modern and contemporary art and theory is for students who want to study art in the context of a critical approach, while still leaning heavily on visual studies. It’s an intensive look at 20th and 21st-century art and the critical apparatus around it; many courses are supplemented by our own Neuberger Museum of Art and research trips to museums and galleries in Manhattan.
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Our MA program in arts entrepreneurship was created to address the critical need for imaginative leadership in both commercial and nonprofit sectors of the arts. Here, you’ll build a solid foundation in management while strengthening your entrepreneurial skills, preparing you to build and lead enterprises that will sustain the arts marketplace of tomorrow.
Master of Music
For gifted musicians and composers destined for professional careers, we offer graduate studies in the Conservatory of Music leading to a Master of Music (MM) degree. The areas of study are classical instrumental performance (brass, percussion, strings, harp, woodwinds, classical guitar, and piano), classical composition, voice and opera studies, jazz studies, and studio composition. Through our renowned faculty, master classes with guest artists, and our close connection with the Performing Arts Center, our MM students are able to create a course of study that will set their musical careers in motion.
Media Arts and Culture
Our newest graduate program, scheduled to launch in fall 2018, is the MFA program in media arts and culture. It offers the unique opportunity to hone your craft in a collaborative and problem-solving curriculum. Through partnerships with local community groups and galleries, you’ll create socially engaged media art that addresses local aspirations, concerns, and needs. The program stresses the value of hands-on creation and collaboration, pairing students with artists and scholars active in contemporary media arts.
Music Artist Diploma
Our post-master’s programs are for graduate students in music who have completed the master’s degree requirements for their areas of study. The areas of study are classical instrumental performance (brass, percussion, strings, harp, woodwinds, classical guitar, piano, and opera) and jazz studies. The coursework is designed to help accomplished performing artists prepare for orchestral auditions, music competitions, and major recording projects.
Music Performers Certificate
This is a postbaccalaureate program for students who have completed the undergraduate requirements for their areas of study and are entering into careers as performers in solo, ensemble, or studio settings. The areas of study are classical instrumental performance (brass, percussion, strings, harp, woodwinds, classical guitar, piano, and opera) and jazz studies.
A new exhibition at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art features work by an alumna, a faculty member, and a current graduate student.
Plastic-wrapped trees test nature and draw attention to human interaction with the planet.
Her work appeared in several exhibitions over the summer.
Named Director of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum
Music teacher played the National Anthem for SuperBowl 50
The School of Art+Design offers a two-year MFA, an interdisciplinary graduate program in the visual arts. With emphasis on the development of originality and studio discipline, our visual arts MFA program facilitates the artistic, intellectual, and professional growth of our students. As a visual arts MFA student, you’ll discover your true forms of expression through mentorship, independent studio work, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary critiques with the MFA faculty.
Dual-Degree Option: Art History/Visual Arts
This is a three-year dual-degree option culminating in a MA in art history through the School of Humanities and an MFA in visual arts through the School of Art+Design at Purchase College. It prepares students for museum and gallery work, as well as art criticism, and gives participants a competitive edge if they decide to pursue a teaching career in studio art.