About the Program
The Fine and Decorative Art and Design curriculum is based on a simple belief: the fundamental currency of the art world is objects. The program prepares students for careers in the art world, focusing not only on the history of art in America but also on the connoisseurship skills necessary to study and evaluate objects and to engage directly with the marketplace; it examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period. An internship at the prestigious Winter Antiques Show and weekly travel and study trips form an essential part of the experience, providing a deeper understanding of regional differences and expanding students’ professional networks.
About Our MA Students
Students in the program come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal: a career that allows them to connect audiences and objects. Whether in sales, art history, cultural institution management, or the museum world, graduates have the ability to think critically and actively seek ways to foster connections to art through interpretation. Alumni of the program now hold significant positions in galleries, auction houses, consultancies, and museums.
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*Approval for change of name from American Fine and Decorative Arts is pending with the New York State Department of Education.