October 18, 2022

Open houses for MA/PhD 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.

Join us for an open house!
This fall we will offer three open house sessions: October 23 / November 13 / December 4 (on Zoom)

These events will give you the chance to meet our faculty and students. To reserve your spot and learn more, visit here. If you can’t make one of the open houses, or if you have any other questions, please email admissions [​at​] for more information.

Applications for fall 2023 admission to the MA and PhD program are due January 6, 2023. For application information, visit

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