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MA Contemporary Art

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MA Contemporary Art

Fall 2022

Focus on art from 1960 to the present and develop an in-depth understanding of the artists, theories, and movements that define contemporary art.

Although the Contemporary Art program primarily examines Contemporary Art from 1960 to the present, students also receive an introduction to art and theory from the post-war period (1945-60), which serves as a springboard for the program and an important point of reference throughout. This program combines art history and their corresponding markets, curatorial studies, critical theory, professional and entrepreneurial development. Students will gain key intellectual and practical skills to work in the production, exhibition, and sale of contemporary art. Studies are anchored in the close study of visual art and critical thought, with an emphasis on professional skills and an exploration of the galleries, museums, and artists’ studios of New York City and beyond. Trained to be conversant with art objects and ideas as well as the commercial and institutional contexts in which they are embedded, students are prepared for a wide range of careers in the art world.

Highlights

  • Experiential learning International study trips, seeing and discussing art in situ with industry professionals are part of the Institute’s signature hands-on approach and teaching style.

  • Exploration and Discovery The unique opportunity to learn directly from experts and gain an intimate understanding of art market key players, mechanisms, and emerging trends.

  • Renowned speakers and thought leaders Guest lecturers and site visit hosts allow you to meet art world cognoscenti and expand your network. Past speakers for this program have included Ian Wardropper; Amy Cappellazzo; Maxwell L; Anderson, Thelma Golden; Jerry Saltz; Arnold Lehman; Kate Rothko; Jamie Martin; Dominique Levy; Matthew Bogdanos.

  • Build a portfolio Signature student projects include designing themed auction sales catalogues, from curating, establishing provenance and literature notes, to condition and pre-sale estimates for each lot.

Faculty

Morgan Falconer

Program Director, MA Contemporary Art, New York, Online Premier

Morgan Falconer is a critic and art historian. Educated at the University of Leeds, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, he completed a Ph.D. on American modernist culture at University College London. He recently completed a history of painting after 1945 entitled Painting Beyond Pollock, published by Phaidon in March 2015.

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  • Academic Structure

    Academic Structure

    Designed to immerse students in all aspects of the contemporary art scene, this program provides privileged access to arts professionals and guest speakers drawn from every sector of the industry. The program’s first semester supplies foundations in the study of objects, ideas, histories, and exhibitions. In the second semester, students examine the history of art since 2000; survey key institutions — galleries, auction houses, and museums — through which contemporary art flows. course on business skills covers key areas in art law, commerce, and fine art valuation.

    The Master’s degree is awarded for 30 credits across semesters one and two, as well as the completion of a 6-credit thesis or capstone project in the third semester.
    The MA in Contemporary Art culminates in a capstone project which can take the form of a traditional, long-form academic thesis, or a more flexible Master’s Project (often a business plan or curatorial project). Students may also elect to extend their studies an additional semester and either transfer to the Institute’s campus in London or return to New York and pursue core courses in either Art Business or Fine and Decorative Art and Design.

  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    September 2022 – December 2023

    Applications are now being reviewed on a rolling basis. Space is limited so we strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications as early as possible.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    Semester 1: 15 credits
    Semester 2: 15 credits
    Semester 3 Options:
    • Capstone: 6 credits
    • Capstone + 2 MA Courses: 12 credits

    Tuition: $1,747 per credit
    Travel Fee: $3,800
    Materials Fee: $800
    International Student Fee: $200

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Student Policies

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