The MA & MFA programs at The City College of New York, CUNY.
CCNY offers distinguished MFA and MA programs for students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. Faculty members leading the graduate programs actively participate in the NYC art scene as well as national and international forums for art and scholarship. In recent years, CCNY Art Department faculty members shaped organizations including Public Art Dialogue and contributed to major exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. They have published award-winning books as well as articles in prestigious journals including Art Bulletin and Harvard Education Review. They also have received honors from institutions and organizations including Creative Capital and the Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
What do we offer?
· Competitive full-tuition stipends and partial-tuition stipends for incoming and second-year graduate art students;
· Full schedule of lectures and visiting artist studio visits, as well as regular interaction among all the programs;
· Faculty comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars;
· Teaching opportunities, internships, and assistantships within the Art Department and throughout NYC;
· Active dialog among the programs, students, and faculty;
· Individual attention, small class sizes, and historic campus with Neo-Gothic architecture in Manhattan;
· CUNY’s modest graduate tuition of 2,435 USD per semester [for New York State resident students] and 435 USD per credit [for non-resident students]
The four different graduate art degree options at CCNY are:
The [DIAP] MFA is a research-oriented community in which students individually and collaboratively explore aspects related to digital media art, including but not limited to, Narrative and Non-narrative Time-based Art, Digital Cultures, Interactivity, Playable Media, Physical Computing, Internet as Art or Communications Media, and Spatial Mapping. DIAP promotes engagement with other disciplines in the humanities, arts, and sciences, moving beyond the traditional studio environment to stimulate scholarly research and create an intellectual community of artists interested in cross-disciplinary practice.
The MFA in Studio Art is a two-year, sixty-credit program comprised of a close-knit community of exceptional students, working with committed faculty with expertise in a wide range of mediums and approaches to art-making. Students working across disciplines have their own studio spaces at CCNY in Manhattan. The first year is spent on work emphasizing experimentation and growth, and the last year focusing those experimentations into a solo thesis exhibition mounted in the Art Department’s gallery.
The MA in Art Education, K-12 program prepares students to work as reflective artist-educators who can teach in multiple settings, including schools, community centers, museums, and alternative learning sites. Students gain critical understanding of the social significance of art education as they develop skills to contribute actively to the field through creative and academic work. CCNY offers two graduate-level programs in Art Education that lead to a Master’s degree and Certification in New York State in Art (K-12).
The MA in Art History, with or without the Museum Studies concentration is a thirty-credit program that offers an array of courses that complement and draw on New York’s dynamic arts culture. The city’s diverse museums and galleries, as well as its thriving contemporary art scene are featured in courses and are available for research internships. Internationally recognized faculty mentor students in a variety of art-historical fields, and the optional Museum Studies concentration prepares students to work in a range of art-related professions. The course also prepares students to continue studies in a PhD program. Graduate-level art-history courses meet once a week for three hours.
More details about each program are available on the individual program websites.
Questions? Graduate faculty members are available via email (check website), by phone, or by visiting campus.
The City College of New York, CUNY
Department of Art, Compton-Goethals Hall
138th Street and Convent Avenue, CG109
New York, NY 10031