Graduate Art Programs

MFA in Digital & Interdisciplinary Art Practice [DIAP]

Develop a critical art practice in digital media. Use a research perspective to explore the relationship between technology and art, and earn an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice in New York City.

[DIAP] MFA is a research-oriented community in which students individually and collaboratively explore aspects related to digital media art, including but not limited to, Narrative and Non-narrative Time-based Art, Sound Art, Digital Cultures, Interactivity, Performance, Queer Technology, Cyberfeminism, Digital Activism and Hybrids. It is designed to be adaptive to the current environment of continually changing technology, while critically approaching the relationship between technology and tools in contemporary art practice.

[DIAP] students will explore art and technology with a range of digital tools, but the focus is on the project not the tool.

[DIAP] enables students to choose from the broadest range of digital tools. Projects are conceptually and thematically driven and students will research tools and processes to fit the project, not the reverse. Wherever appropriate to the project, we encourage integration of traditional media or processes and methodologies from biology, computer science, math, psychology or other areas of potential interdisciplinary connection and exploration.
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MFA in Studio Art

The Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art at The City College of New York is a two-year, 60-credit program comprised of a close-knit community of exceptional students, working with committed faculty with expertise in a wide range of mediums and approaches to art-making. Students have their own studio space, where they spend the first year on work emphasizing experimentation and growth, and the last year focusing those experimentations into a solo thesis exhibition mounted in the Art Department’s spacious gallery.  This takes place on the historic City College campus with neo-gothic architecture on Convent Avenue in Manhattan.

Our faculty prides itself in valuing each artist’s deep individuality. A non-discipline-specific approach is used in preparing the students for careers as visual artists. The students’ command of the overall process of creating and communicating through a body of work, and the ability to sustain that over a lifetime, is the primary focus.  Individual and group critiques, visiting artist lectures, and group discussions are an important part of this process. The thesis exhibition mounted in the fourth semester is done in consultation with faculty mentors, and a written thesis and an oral defense are part of the MFA project requirement.

The applicants are accepted annually on a competitive basis. Admitted students are in full-time residence for four semesters. At the end of each semester, the students are reviewed in the format of a critique by the faculty before progressing to the next term. Each semester the students take a Studio Critique course that focuses on the development of their thesis body of work.  In addition, they take studio elective courses focusing on a variety of mediums, participate in graduate art seminars, take a course in professional development, a course in teaching art at the college level, and take two graduate Art History courses. Many of these courses are taken side-by-side with students in the other Masters programs at City College:  the DIAP MFA, MA in Art History, MA in Museum Studies and the MA in Art Education program. The City College of New York Studio Art MFA is an affordable program, it is in New York City, and the Art Faculty are a significant group of artists, art historians, and educators including fulltime faculty members Tom Thayer (co-director), Megan Foster (co-director), Colin Chase, Becca Albee, Hajoe Moderegger, Ethan Ham, Lise Kjaer, Patterson Beckwith and Sylvia Netzer. Current and recent part-time faculty members include Bridget Donahue, Carl Fudge, Dave Miko, Fionn Meade, Paul Myoda, Sandy Winters and Stuart Elster.

Recent City College of New York Studio Art MFA alum have participated in programs and residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lower East Side Printshop, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's (LMCC) Swingspace Program, Picture Berlin, The Wassaic Project, Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program, Art Funkl, Center for Book Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Program, Henry Street Settlement, Stiftung Kunstlerdorf Schoppingen, and Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik. They teach at the graduate and undergraduate level, exhibit in galleries, museums, and artist-run spaces internationally, and have started up independent businesses, organizations, publications, and spaces. City College is a nominating school for the annual Joan Mitchell MFA Grant Program and the Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship.

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MA in Art Education, K-12

The Art Education program at City College of New York prepares students to be reflective artist-educators who can teach in multiple settings, including schools, community centers, museums, and alternative learning sites. Students gain a critical understanding of the social significance of art education as they develop the skills to actively contribute to the field through their creative and academic work.

CCNY offers two graduate level programs in Art Education that lead to a Master’s degree and Certification in New York State in Art (K-12).

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MA in Art History, Museum Studies Option

The museum studies concentration at City College is an option within the 30-credit M.A. in art history. This track of study offers a flexible curriculum, allowing students to develop their own area of specialization. Although the concentration is primarily focused on art museums, the required seminars also consider issues and practices within other cultural institutions, providing students with a broad view of the field. In addition to the two required seminars and internships described below, students may select from any number of elective courses in art history, history, anthropology, American studies, film, literature, education, or video production. By taking advantage of the cultural institutions in New York City, students have the opportunity to explore any number of career choices.

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MA in Art History, Art History Option

The 30-credit CCNY Master’s Program in art history offers an array of courses that complement and draw on New York’s dynamic arts culture. The city’s diverse museums and galleries and its thriving contemporary art scene are featured in many courses and are available for research internships. Internationally recognized faculty mentor students in a variety of areas, and the museum studies track prepares students to work in a variety of art-related professions. Students are also trained to continue for the PhD. Graduate courses meet once a week for three hours.

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