October 13, 2020

Virtual open houses for graduate study in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

Bard Graduate Center

Photo: Maria Baranova.

At Bard Graduate Center, we study the cultural history of the material world. Our scope is global and ranges from distant antiquity to the present. For more than 25 years, our interdisciplinary, object-based approach to learning has been training future curators, researchers, educators, and museum and arts professionals to ask new questions about our shared history. Founded in 1993 on the idea that decoration is a human universal that can be found in all times and at all places, BGC’s initial focus on the history of design and decorative arts has expanded to include the crucial perspectives of anthropologists, archaeologists, cultural historians, and conservators. Today Bard Graduate Center is the leading American graduate institute for interdisciplinary, object-centered inquiry into material culture.

We welcome you to visit us! This fall we will host a number of virtual open houses. These events will give you the chance to meet our faculty and students. To reserve your spot and for more information, please visit If you can’t make one of the virtual open houses, or if you have any other questions, please email admissions [​at​] for more information. We’re here to help.

Virtual open house:
October 18, 2020, 11am–12:30pm
Register here.

November 17, 2020, 7:30–8:30pm
Register here.

December 10, 2020, 7:30–8:30pm
Register here.

Applications for fall 2021 admission to the MA & PhD program are due Monday, January 4, 2021. Find application information here.

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