April 12, 2021

Introducing the MA in Human Rights and the Arts

Bard College

Emilio Rojas, Naturalized Borders (to Gloria), 2019. Interactive land art. Photo: Erika Nelson. Courtesy of Fisher Center for Performing Arts.

The OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts at Bard College is thrilled to announce the launch of its new MA in Human Rights & the Arts. The program offers a graduate-level interdisciplinary curricular experience that takes stock of the growing encounter between human rights and the arts as fields of both academic knowledge and professional work. We aim to stimulate new ways of thinking; develop new strategies for research, practice, and engagement; and incubate new relationships between activists, scholars, and artists.

We are looking forward to welcoming our inaugural class of students in fall 2021. We have set a May 1 priority application deadline and a June 15 final deadline. Ample need-based financial aid is available to cover tuition and other expenses.

Students will have considerable flexibility in designing their program in order to meet their academic and professional goals and interests.In addition to rigorous graduate-level coursework combining core and elective courses, students are expected to successfully present a research-based academic thesis or artistic performance/installation as their capstone project. The program is designed for full time students to complete the degree in two years. Our faculty is composed of a powerful combinaation of internationally acclaimed artists, scholars, and other professionals, anchored in an institution with strong legacies in human rights and arts education and outreach.

Please visit for complete details about the curriculum, application process, financial aid, and frequently asked questons. Prospective applicants are welcome to reach out with any questions or to register for one of our information sessions. Please email us at hra [​at​]

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