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Arts Politics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
Our M.A. in Arts Politics from New York University offers an intimate and intensive one-year experience that expands the possibilities of cultural production. 


We rigorously explore the interplay between critical theory and creative practice. We provide a one-of-a-kind encounter with activists, artists, theorists and curators from diverse disciplines and interests.

Students in the Arts Politics program from New York University take five core courses inside the Department of Art & Public Policy plus multiple electives across the university. Our flexible curriculum inspires M.A. students to develop highly individualized paths of creativity, research and professional development, while also allowing for collaborative exploration.


Tisch School of the Arts Human Resources (HR) is committed to recruiting and motivating talented employees to become part of one of the world’s leading arts schools. Working at Tisch is a unique experience in every capacity, and we invite you to take a look at our available opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Issues In Arts Politics
  • Cultural Activism
  • Memoir and Cultural Memory: Representing Postcolonial Displacements

  • Sensing Race: Affects, Phenomena, & Worlding Intimacies

  • Queer & Disability Theory: The Then & Now of Crip

  • Law, Culture, & the Lure of Resistance: Lessons on Institutional Critique

  • On the Concept of Law: Race and the Reorder of Things

  • The Transnational Turn: Ethics, Methods, and Race

  • Sensing Race: Affect, Phenomena, and Worlding Relationality

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Professional Resume
  • Statement of Purpose –  500 - 1,000 words
  • Writing Sample – 1,500 - 3,000 words
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – submitted using the online letter of recommendation system.
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts - from any schools in which you received a college degree or attended for two or more years.
  • English Language Proficiency Exam Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22812 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11406 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    22812 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11406 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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