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Visual Arts Administration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
Our Visual Arts Administration MA program from New York University was the first in the nation to focus on visual arts management careers in both traditional and alternative contexts.


This Visual Arts Administration MA program from New York University prepares you for leadership roles in a broad range of arts organizations. We take into account the cultural and economic impact of the visual arts, nationally and internationally, as well as the challenges facing the arts today.

Our Visual Arts Administration MA addresses the whole art ecology, including:

  •  The cultural environment in which art and arts organizations operate

  • The role of the artist in society

  • How artwork is documented, presented, and interpreted

  • The structure and management of organizations that display artwork – both nonprofit and for-profit

  • The role of art theorists, critics, curators, and collectors

The degree curriculum considers how visual arts organizations expand knowledge and build audiences, the increasing role of art in urban development and public spaces, and new approaches and tools for encouraging access and participation.

Careers and Outcomes

Using the program's extensive internship component and alumni networks, you will have access to a wide range of individuals and organizations in the field and increase the depth of your understanding of the complexities of this challenging area.

Upon completion of our program, our graduates:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process, how art and artists function in society.

  • Analyze the economic, political and social environment in which artists and arts organizations operate, including legal, ethical and policy issues

  • Identify and evaluate how artwork is interpreted, presented, documented and archived.

  • Critique and compare the structure, operations and management of organizations that present or produce artwork on various scales.

  • Outline strategies for marketing, audience development, outreach, and community development in the arts.

  • Have acquired business skills in accounting, finance, organizational theory, and management, as well as arts-related media and technology.

  • Have developed an expansive and inclusive world view of the visual arts field that values different global perspectives, identities, concerns, and goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Environment of Visual Arts Administration
  • Digital Technologies and the Art Organization: From Strategy to Practice
  • Law and the Visual Arts
  • Development for the Vis. Arts
  • Strategic Planning and Governance
  • Art Collecting

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    51 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Résumé/CV 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Transcripts 
  • Proficiency in English 
  • Portfolio 
  • Personal Interview 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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