September 11, 2018

MA in Arts Politics

New York University

Image Credit: Alpha Suberu installing camera for one-day intervention on bus system in Accra, Ghana, 2017. Part of the Critical Collaboration project that engaged six sites in NYU’s Global Network University. Photo: Pato Hebert.

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts invites applications for its groundbreaking, one-year MA in Arts Politics.

Our MA offers an intimate and intensive one-year experience that expands the possibilities of cultural production. We rigorously explore the interplay between critical theory and creative practice. We provide a one-of-a-kind encounter with activists, artists, theorists and curators from diverse disciplines and interests.

Core faculty members include Ella Shohat, Hentyle Yapp, Karen Finley, Kathy Engel, Laura Harris, Pato Hebert and Sheril Antonio. Recent visiting and adjunct faculty include Anna Deavere Smith, Alfredo Jaar, Oskar Eustis, Nathalie Handal, Marta Moreno Vega, Grace Aneiza Ali and Adonis Volanakis.

Students take five core courses inside the Department of Art & Public Policy plus multiple electives throughout a major research university located in the heart of New York City. Our flexible curriculum inspires MA students to develop highly individualized paths of creativity, research and professional development.

Our graduates go on to work as artists and scholars, curators and community organizers, arts administrators, educators and cultural innovators. Our alumni are actively connected to the pulse of social justice, forming a global network of engaged thinkers and doers across six different continents.

We offer a space of transition and reflection, a meeting place for arts activists whose work cannot be contained by a single discipline or motivation. We push our students to think about their place in a transnational world that must contend with issues around race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and religion. Our evolving curriculum examines histories of political frameworks in the arts, as well as contemporary advocacy strategies and tactics for change. Together we ask, “How do we make the world anew?”

We are currently accepting applications until January 15, 2019. For more details, and information about our program, faculty and alumni, visit

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