Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program

As director of the Program in Visual Arts Administration at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, I am writing to tell you about our unique master’s degree program that can benefit your talented art history and studio students after graduation and further prepare them for rewarding careers in arts administration in the visual arts field.

I hope you will share this information about the NYU M.A. program in Visual Arts Administration with your students. They can also visit our website <> and join our email list <> to learn more. About the ProgramNYU Steinhardt’s M.A. program in Visual Arts Administration prepares students to become leaders in a broad range of arts organizations.

The curriculum 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 non-profit and for-profit, and the role of art theorists, critics, dealers, curators, and collectors. A strong emphasis is placed on acquiring the theoretical and practical tools for fundraising, financial management, marketing, and knowledge of new media and technology in the visual arts.

While the program is primarily oriented toward the non-profit segment of the field, it also offers a strong for-profit concentration. Program Highlights:

  • Courses in a primary area of study: Arts Management/Non Profit or Arts Markets/For Profit
  • Choice of concentrations in Curatorial Studies, Arts Advocacy, Art Education, or other area determined by the student’s interest (such as Marketing in the Arts, Public Policy, or Community Outreach in the Arts)
  • Required business courses at the Leonard H. Stern School of Business or the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Internship opportunities in museums, alternative spaces, public arts agencies, galleries, auction houses, community art centers, and consultancies
  • International courses in the United Kingdom and Germany/the Netherlands in international arts management, cultural policy, and exhibition analysis. Additionally, we offer a ten-week international internship program in London every summer

NYU Steinhardt Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program students benefit from:

  • Our location in New York City, the visual art capital of the world
  • A faculty who are recognized as leaders in the field
  • A strong, local alumni network which provides networking and mentoring opportunities
  • The program’s location in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions, where students have the opportunity to interact with our B.F.A. and M.F.A. studio art students and curate exhibitions from their studios

Alumni SuccessesOur recent graduates are working! They are employed at institutions including:

  • The Appraisers Association of America
  • Art & Idea, Barcelona, Spain
  • Christies
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
  • Creative Time
  • NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Deutsche Bank Art Collection
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • The Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles
  • Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Korea
  • Luhring Augustine Gallery
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
  • New York Historical Association
  • Pace Gallery
  • Phillips Auction House
  • Pulse Art Fair
  • Portland Art Museum, Oregon
  • Queens Museum of Art
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Sotheby’s
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • David Zwirner Gallery

Upcoming EventsOur next event of interest is our Art and Art Professions master’s programs campus information sessionon Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00pm. Interested students can learn more and register <> . I will also host an M.A. in Visual Arts Administrationonline information session on Friday, November 15 from 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern time. An RSVP is required <> .

Thank you for helping to make your students aware of the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program at New York University!

Sandra Lang

Director, Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program <>


NYU Steinhardt
82 Washington Square East
Room 561
New York, NY 10003

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