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Offered in cooperation with the. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. and other leading institutions in the field of Art and Design in Paris, the History of Design and Curatorial Studies program* leads to a master of arts degree. Read more

Offered in cooperation with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and other leading institutions in the field of Art and Design in Paris, the History of Design and Curatorial Studies program* leads to a master of arts degree. Graduates may go on to careers as historians, curators, and scholars in museums, universities, historic houses, auction houses, and galleries.

Objects of Meaning

The program's curriculum focuses on the stylistic, historical, and theoretical contexts of arts, decorative arts, and design from the Renaissance to the present, with particular attention to the history of collections and the contemporary issues in curation. Object-based courses on a broad range of works, movements, theories and practices go beyond connoisseurship to address objects as intersections of socio-historic meaning and aesthetic theory. Students gain practical and theoretical instruction in research on and the display of design objects.

Museum as Classroom

The program's Paris home, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, is the only museum in France devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design. Most classes are held inside the museum, where students meet and work with renowned curators, designers, collectors, and scholars. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is housed in a wing of the Palais du Louvre. Students can also take advantage of nearby museums, such as the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.

Engaging with the French community

In the program, students become familiar with French language and culture. Parsons Paris offers numerous opportunities to achieve this goal, including language classes, field trips, and a dedicated French Grad Reading class running throughout the curriculum. Students also gain hands-on experience in French museum practices and procedures; they will be encouraged to pursue for-credit internships in museums, galleries, auction house archives, and historic houses around the city. 

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/parsons-paris?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_paris&utm_term=paris_grad

Hands-on Experience in Curation

In collaboration with the Parsons Paris Gallery and partner programs or institutions, graduate students regularly undertake curatorial projects throughout their education. While developing exhibitions, students gain experience working in teams, putting theoretical and historical knowledge into practice, and dealing with both conceptual and practical issues in curation. After a range of experiences during their first year, graduate students are invited to undertake and manage a collective exhibition. This project will serve as a culmination of their studies and provide them with the extensive experience needed to enter the professional world of exhibitions, galleries, museums, and other cultural venues.

New York and Paris: Two Cities, a Common Campus

The MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies is also offered in New York, in partnership with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The Paris and New York campuses have the same application process and curriculum, so students have the opportunity to begin their study in one city and take a semester or year in the other. Parsons' long-standing relationships with cultural institutions in New York create opportunities for students there to engage in a unique learning experience that draws on the many collections, archives, and galleries in the city.

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/parsons-paris?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_paris&utm_term=paris_grad



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The M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market has trained students to be effective art world professionals since 1998. This program emphasizes the importance of direct contact with original works of art, and explores the history of art and the art market. Read more

The M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market has trained students to be effective art world professionals since 1998. This program emphasizes the importance of direct contact with original works of art, and explores the history of art and the art market. Alumni of the program work throughout the global art world.

This interdisciplinary program provides an in-depth study of modern and contemporary art and the market from the mid 19th century to the present day. Led by an expert faculty, the integrated program combines study of art history with the role played by external factors in the art industry. The program explores how the art market has intersected with modern and contemporary art practices as art works have changed hands, setting precedents for both institutional and private collectors. The program puts particular focus on the development of connoisseurship skills through object-based learning and investigative cataloguing and writing in combination with the study of current art business practices and the market. Students study art works first-hand at sites of production and exhibitions throughout New York City and beyond. Additionally, access to specialists and salerooms through our central location within Christie’s auction house enhances the program and provides an unparalleled learning opportunity. The program introduces students to skills essential to working with works of art that are crucial prerequisites for anyone wishing to work in the current global art marketplace.

An intensive program, it takes 15 months to complete and concludes with the writing of a Master’s thesis and a mandatory 45-day internship to help students launch their professional careers.

Our Unique Approach

Access to a wide range of art professionals provides students with first-hand knowledge of the workings of the art world, and the transferable skills they need to become art world professionals. An intensive program, it takes only 15 months to complete and concludes with the writing of a Master’s thesis and a mandatory 45-day internship to help students launch their professional careers.

Who should apply?

The program is designed both for students who have recently graduated with a B.A. in art history or a related humanities discipline and for career changers wishing to gain access to the art world. Students from a wide variety of fields have successfully merged their prior backgrounds with the program, launching successful careers at auction houses, galleries, non-profits, art fairs and art advisories upon graduation.

Student Learning Results

- Acquire the skills to identify different mediums and assess an art work’s condition

- Learn to describe works of art and situate them in art history

- Gain an insider’s understanding of the structure of the art world and the interplay between the commercial and non-profit sectors

- Develop transferable professional skills such as cataloguing, building a collection for a client, and critical writing

- Acquire knowledge of the workings of the auction house

- Gain art business and art market knowledge

- Identify and apply different methodological strategies used in interpreting contemporary art

- Develop facility with current research resources for art history and the art market

-For gainful employment disclosures visit this page http://www.christies.edu/new-york/gainful-employment.aspx

Admission Requirements

NOTES: Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market are eligible for federal financial aid. International students enrolled in this program are eligible for F1 Student Visas. Details on how to apply for a visa are included in your admissions packet after being accepted into the program.

All admissions materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted in hard copy to Christie's Education Admissions 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

- Completed admission application form

- Non-refundable application fee of $95

-Resume

- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent international degree

- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts, diplomas or academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language in sealed envelope. Transcripts in other languages must be accompanied by English translations certified by official translation professionals or agencies

- All international transcripts must be accompanied by an equivalency report from World Education Services, WES.org

- Essay statement, 2–3 pages on why you are interested in the program

- Sample of writing, no more than 10 pages, which can be taken from undergraduate work

- Official GRE score report (optional)

- Official TOEFL scores report if applicable

- Three letters of academic or professional recommendation from writers who know the applicant’s abilities well. Letters should be sent in hard copy on letter head with original signatures

- Personal interview (by invitation only). Invitations will be sent once all application materials have been submitted

More information on program content, available resources and accreditation

Please visit this link http://www.christies.edu/new-york/courses/masters-modern-contemporary-art-markets.aspx



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For more than a decade and a half, Binghamton University has pioneered new approaches to art history. The graduate program in the history and theory of art and architecture aims to. Read more
For more than a decade and a half, Binghamton University has pioneered new approaches to art history. The graduate program in the history and theory of art and architecture aims to:
- foster innovative teaching and research
- develop scholars, teachers, museum curators, and planning professionals capable of interpreting the role of art, architecture, visual culture and cultural production in the broadest sense

The graduate program in the history and theory of art and architecture also offers students the unique opportunity to undertake innovative studies of a cross-disciplinary nature, with a stress on the development of critical theoretical and historical perspectives in relation to the visual arts, photography, architecture, planning and the wider built environment, at local, national and global levels.
Recent doctoral graduates are employed in permanent or postdoctoral positions at such institutions as the University of Pittsburgh, University of Richmond, American University of Beirut, and the University of South Carolina.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Writing sample, as a PDF file of no more than 30 pages or 8,500 words (it may be an excerpt from a longer piece of writing or MA thesis) to be uploaded along with the application.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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This full-time graduate program provides an in-depth study of the relationships between art, law and business and how they influence the commercial art world. Read more

This full-time graduate program provides an in-depth study of the relationships between art, law and business and how they influence the commercial art world. It combines rigorous academic coursework with hands-on practical training and workshops.

 Emphasizing practice over theory, the program introduces students to the foundational tools, skills and concepts of the art market, law and business. These are all essential prerequisites for anyone wishing to work in the current global art marketplace. 

The core pedagogical strategy for the Christie's Education, Art, Law and Business program is based on the premise that utilizing the lens of commerce and law to view art and the art market will serve to enhance our understanding of how the global art market functions. Through this non-traditional approach to the study and examination of art and art markets, students will develop uncommon insight into the dynamics that influence markets.

Our program goal is the training of students across the three disciplines of art, law and business resulting in graduates who are equally conversant in art and in commerce and who, therefore, will have the necessary transferable skills to make a smooth professional transition into the global art world. With unparalleled access access to art market professionals working at Christie's, students will learn from and interface with, the current leading practitioners of the art market. As part of the curriculum, students will travel to domestic and international art destinations to meet with professionals working across the art market landscape, including art fairs, museums, special exhibitions, conferences, galleries and art investment vehicles.

Over 15 months of intensive study, students take a combined 40 credits to complete their degree. The program concludes with a final term that is exclusively focused on a mandatory internship and an independent capstone project that are each instrumental in helping students to activate their professional careers. 

Who should apply

The program is designed for recent undergraduates as well as existing professionals from other disciplines who wish to gain access to the global art market. Our program is best suited for those aiming to start careers in the management, administration and strategy of commercial entities within the international art world and creative industries. Graduates typically go onto careers in auction houses, galleries, art fairs and other art related businesses in areas that include business management, business strategy, client services, marketing, public relations and risk management. 

Student Learning Results

- Gain an advanced understanding of the structure and inner workings of the commercial art world

- Acquire in-depth knowledge of the art auction business

- Develop transferable professional business skills in finance, accounting, marketing and strategy

- Build personal art business networks through extensive opportunities to interface with leading art world professionals across the art market landscape

- Become familiar with current research resources for art law and art business

- Be prepared for employment in the commercial art world and the creative industries worldwide

Additional Admissions Requirements

NOTES: International students enrolled in this program are eligible for F1 Student Visas. Details on how to apply for a visa are included in your admissions packet after being accepted into the program. Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Art, Law and Business are eligible for federal financial aid, for details email

All admissions materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted in hard copy to Christie's Admissions 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

-Completed admission application form

-Non-refundable application fee of $95

-Resume

-Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent international degree

-Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts, diplomas or academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language in a sealed envelope. Transcripts in other languages must be accompanied by English translations certified by official translation professionals or agencies

-All international transcripts must be accompanied by an equivalency report from World Education Services, WES.org

-Essay statement, 2–3 pages on why you are interested in the program

-Sample of writing, no more than 10 pages, which can be taken from undergraduate work

-Official GRE score report (optional)

-Official TOEFL scores report if applicable

-Three letters of academic or professional recommendation from writers who know the applicant’s abilities well. Letters should be sent in hard copy on letter head with original signatures

-Personal interview (by invitation only). Invitations will be sent once all application materials have been submitted

More information on program content, available resources and accreditation

Please visit this link http://www.christies.edu/new-york/courses/masters-art-law-business.aspx



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Graduate students at. The New School for Social Research. ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities. Read more

Graduate students at The New School for Social Research ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities.

Guided by rigorous scholarship and a desire to apply academic discourse and discovery to current social problems, they critically examine interdisciplinary fields to become a force of new knowledge and ideas in the world.

All graduate programs at The New School for Social research can be completed full-time or part-time on our New York City campus. Competitive merit-based scholarships are available in all departments -- in recent years, 85% of master’s students have received merit scholarships at The New School for Social Research.

Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

Program Highlights

  • 30-credit collaborative program.
  • Design your own interdisciplinary curriculum as you develop critical, heterodox approaches to historical questions.
  • Recent courses include Histories of Capitalism on the Edges of World Economy; History and Digital Media; and Violence/Repression/Revolution.

Why the New School?

The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as a home for progressive thinkers, and housed the University in Exile in 1933, providing an academic haven for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The school became the foundation for a comprehensive university – The New School – and continues the legacy of critical thought, civic engagement, and academic freedom today.



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Perspectives on History and Practice. The MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies curriculum offers practical and theoretical instruction in researching and displaying interiors and design objects such as furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and works in other media. Read more

Perspectives on History and Practice

The MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies curriculum offers practical and theoretical instruction in researching and displaying interiors and design objects such as furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and works in other media. New courses on curatorial studies and courses exploring the history of design in social and cultural context reflect the program’s broadened scope and relevance. They can also study abroad or pursue their degree at Parsons Paris, benefiting from our relationship with Musée des Arts Décoratifs, our partner museum.

Hands-On Experience

Students complete the 42 required credits in two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study. At the renovated Cooper Hewitt, graduate students have opportunities to curate exhibitions, create programming for the public, and produce interpretive materials — all of which provide essential hands-on experience in museum and curatorial practices. Access to the Smithsonian’s Design Library, New School library holdings, and the library consortium enriches object-based research.

This prestigious two-year master’s degree program, which Parsons offers in conjunction with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, brings an object-focused, practice-based approach to the study of European and American decorative arts and design dating from the Renaissance to the present. Housed for more than 30 years at Cooper Hewitt — the only U.S. museum devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design — the program enables students to work directly with the museum’s collections and its curators, conservators, educators, and designers.

This program is part of Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT). Learn about the ADHT community and explore our blog to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world.

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/parsons-grad?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_grad

Support for Broad Research Horizons

For-credit internships enable students to explore professions in museums, auction houses, and galleries and on new online platforms. Also available are a limited number of master’s curatorial fellowships at Cooper Hewitt, which provide partial tuition remission, as well as tuition support from the Lee B. Anderson Memorial Foundation, whose mission is to support programs that advance the understanding of and appreciation for the decorative arts. In addition, MA students can apply for paid teaching assistantships. Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) programs reflect the faculty’s expertise in areas including art and design methodology and philosophy, design criticism, cultural anthropology, sustainability, and material culture and are designed to provide students with opportunities to take related courses within ADHT. Students can take courses and participate in collaborative projects throughout Parsons and The New School, which open up new topics and areas of investigation in curatorial practice and historical research.

Future Opportunities

Students graduate prepared to join alumni who work in some of the world’s most prestigious nonprofit, commercial, cultural, and academic institutions. Graduates obtain specialist and management positions in auction houses, museums, and historic houses; enter fields such as criticism and journalism, consulting and e-commerce, and teaching; and pursue advanced study.

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/parsons-grad?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_grad



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