MA in Art, Education, and Community Practice
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, USA
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
USD 1,795 / per year **
Request info *
Earliest start date
* Fall term (September start date)
** Tuition per point/credit in 2019-20 academic year
Art, Education, and Community Practice
Join our community of socially engaged artists/designers, educators, creative activists, and community organizers working together to create critical interventions that inspire dialogue and catalyze social change through the arts. This work connects art and social justice, grounded in the pedagogy of hope and possibility. Our intimate and interdisciplinary program balances theory and practice through classroom projects enacted in public spaces and in partnership with local organizations. Through course work, we explore the history and political context of socially engaged art and popular education, as well as creative strategies for activism and organizing. The capstone project provides an opportunity to design, implement, and document an artistic intervention in public space or to work with a community organization in an effort to enact social transformation.
Our program is flexible, encouraging students to take courses with our affiliated faculty from across the different schools at New York University and other relevant courses taught by esteemed NYU faculty. We leverage our unique location in the Lower East Side and New York City, home to artists and activist, by bringing in activist artists to our classrooms to work with students and explore how art can be used as a tool to open dialogue about a community’s history, culture, and social needs. Our graduates go on to work as artists, educators, and administrators in community-based organizations and cultural institutions, as well as K-12 schools and colleges.
Classes are small and personal attention is given to each student throughout the duration of the program, from initial advisement through completion of the master's capstone project.
The program can be completed in as little as 3 semesters or 12 months, as a full-time student. The program can also be completed as a part-time student in two years.
Admission in Fall and Spring.
The Art, Education, and Community Practice program serve individuals interested in socially engaged art who want to work outside of or in collaboration with traditional venues (museum, galleries, and classrooms). Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: studio art and design, performing arts, film, curators, community-based organizations, social activism, and a variety of art education contexts (teaching artists).
Scholarships and Funding
Continuing your studies as a graduate student is a major investment of your time and money, with the potential for major returns in your future career. We encourage you to review all your options as you decide if education at NYU Steinhardt fits with your goals.
These are some of the questions that guide our hands-on investigations through 3 modules, leading to a capstone project:
- What is socially engaged art in the 21st century?
- What is popular education? And, how is socially engaged art a form of popular education?
- How do we understand the public sphere and its relationship to democracy?
- What are the aesthetics, politics, and ethics of socially engaged art?
- How do we know when socially engaged art is effective, toward what ends?
Students take one required foundational course in each program module and then choose electives from across the university each module to customize their degree focus and experiences.
Module 1: Contemporary Artistic Practice
Module 2: Educational Theory
Module 3: Social Activism
Electives: Students also choose elective courses from across the university to customize their degree focus and experiences.
Terminal Integrative (Capstone) Project
Working under the supervision of the Program Director and a faculty mentor, students will design and implement a community-based project informed by their individual art practice, their core and elective coursework, and the cultural or organizational context in which they will be working. In collaboration with NYC-based cultural and educational organizations, students will be encouraged to use different methodologies that combine intuition, social, conceptual, and cultural ways of knowing and being in order to develop and implement an art project that allows for social transformation.
Ranked #47 out of 300 universities worldwide for Education, QS World University Rankings
The MA Art, Education, and Community Practice Degree balances theory and practice through classroom projects enacted in public spaces and in partnership with local organizations.
In courses such as Art and Ideas: What is Social Practice Art? and Critical Pedagogy, Artists, and the Public Sphere, you will explore the history and political context of socially engaged art and popular education, as well as creative strategies for activism and organizing.
Throughout the program, you will work with community organizations in an effort to enact social transformation. Your capstone project will provide an opportunity to design, implement, and document an artistic intervention in diverse sites around the city including schools, community organizations, museums, and the streets.
Our graduates go on to work as artist-educators and administrators in museums, community-based organizations, cultural institutions, and not-for-profit organizations as well as K–12 schools and colleges. Students have also gone on to get advanced degrees – PhDs or EdDs in universities in the US and overseas. Some enter the program working for organizations, and our degree allows them to move up to a higher professional position in the organization, such as moving from being an educator to managing the program.