Call for applications

MA in Arts Politics

Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU), New York, United States
Deadline: 15 January 2019

Image Credit: Alpha Suberu installing camera for one-day intervention on bus system in Accra, Ghana, 2017. Part of the Critical Collaboration project that engaged six sites in NYU’s Global Network University. Photo: Pato Hebert.

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts invites applications for its groundbreaking, one-year MA in Arts Politics.

The MA offers an intimate and intensive one-year experience that expands the possibilities of cultural production. It rigorously explores the interplay between critical theory and creative practice and provides a one-of-a-kind encounter with activists, artists, theorists and curators from diverse disciplines and interests.

Core faculty members include Ella Shohat, Hentyle Yapp, Karen Finley, Kathy Engel, Laura Harris, Pato Hebert and Sheril Antonio. Recent visiting and adjunct faculty include Anna Deavere Smith, Alfredo Jaar, Oskar Eustis, Nathalie Handal, Marta Moreno Vega, Grace Aneiza Ali and Adonis Volanakis.

Students take five core courses inside the Department of Art & Public Policy plus multiple electives throughout a major research university located in the heart of New York City. A flexible curriculum inspires MA students to develop highly individualized paths of creativity, research and professional development.

The graduates go on to work as artists and scholars, curators and community organizers, arts administrators, educators and cultural innovators. The alumni are actively connected to the pulse of social justice, forming a global network of engaged thinkers and doers across six different continents.

The Tisch School of the Arts offers a space of transition and reflection, a meeting place for arts activists whose work cannot be contained by a single discipline or motivation. Students are pushed to think about their place in a transnational world that must contend with issues around race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and religion. The evolving curriculum examines histories of political frameworks in the arts, as well as contemporary advocacy strategies and tactics for change. The question is, “How do we make the world anew?”

Applications are currently accepted until January 15, 2019.

For more details, and information about the program, faculty and alumni, visit


Application deadline: January 15, 2019

Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU)
721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
United States


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