New York Academy of Art

Master On Campus
12 months
39716 USD/year
39716 USD/year
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The technical, formal and conceptual development of painting is at the core of the curriculum. The intensive two-year Painting program at New York Academy of Art combines the study of historic and contemporary painting methodologies with emphasis on exploration of critical theory allowing students to develop an individual artistic vision. 


The core studio sequence begins with direct, perceptually-based methods and progresses to advanced synthetic modes of pictorial construction.

The Painting Concentration at New York Academy of Art immerses students in the variety of languages in which the human form is represented in oil. Direct painting addresses opaque perceptual description; indirect painting addresses mixing of color through layering; and second-year outcomes include integrating disparate sources and multiple figures into coherent compositions. Self-directed work is regularly critiqued by renowned visiting artists and faculty in the context of a diverse contemporary discourse.

Painting Concentration Core Outcomes

  • ability to use a variety of pictorial languages and methodologies
  • understanding of direct painting application
  • understanding of indirect painting application
  • grasp of synthetic compositional and pictorial construction
  • knowledge of historical and contemporary painting approaches

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Painting I: Direct Painting Intensive
  • Artistic Anatomy I: Structural Anatomy
  • Figure Drawing I Intensive
  • Art & Culture I: 1860-1960 The Birth of Modernism and Its Aftermath
  • History & Theory of Composition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants to the MFA are expected to obtain proficiency in Art History prior to entering the program. 
  • For those with less than two semesters (less than two classes) of undergraduate level art history, we require a reading and writing assignment found here. 
  • This will help prepare you for entering the MFA program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39716 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    39716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39716 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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New York Academy of Art


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