Information For Postgraduates - City College of New York - CUNY

M.F.A. Program

Please visit the Graduate Student Art Society webpage http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/studentclubs/graduateartsociety/

The MFA Program offers general instruction in the theory, practice, and teaching of the visual arts through a required sequence of courses as well as in-depth training in one or more of the following areas of specialization: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramic design for a total of 54 credits in studio art and art history.
The Graduate Committee and the department chair will review and evaluate the work of all candidates for the M.F.A. degree at the end of each semester. In the final semester, candidates for the M.F.A. degree are required to demonstrate their professional competence by mounting a Thesis Exhibition. The Thesis Exhibition consists of a body of work presented with a written statement about it, both of which will be reviewed and evaluated by the departmental Graduate Committee and the department chair.

M.A. Program Options
The City College offers three paths for graduate students to pursue a master’s degree in Art. Each program is designed to prepare students for continued work toward the Ph.D. or to enter one of many art-related occupations including teaching, museum work, gallery and auction house administration, and editorial work. Art historical training is also useful for students wishing to pursue a variety of careers that require visual literacy, including advertising, public relations, marketing/brand management, publishing, media relations and production.

In the Art History, Museum Studies, and Urban Museum Studies Specializations, candidates are required to complete a written thesis demonstrating competence in scholarly research in the fields of art history or museum studies.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Harriet F. Senie, Director of Museum Studies and Art History
CG-230 (2005-2006 Sabbatical leave)
Tel. 212 650 7430
E-mail: hfsenie@nyc.rr.com

Art History Specialization
A thirty-credit program of required courses and art history electives leading towards work on a Master’s Thesis developed in conjunction with an advisor. Degree candidates are required to take A0000: Theory and Methods of Art History, eight elective courses in art history, and complete a written thesis demonstrating competence in scholarly research in the field of art history.

Museum Studies Specialization
A thirty-credit program with specialized courses for students interested in museum careers. Program includes an apprenticeship in a local museum as well as a Master’s Thesis. The Museum Studies specialization offers a flexible curriculum, allowing students to develop their own area of intended specialization. Although the program has been primarily focused on art museums, our partnership with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum has prompted a greater consideration of issues and practices to other cultural institutions in the required seminars, providing all students with a broader view of the field. In addition to two required seminars and internships, students may select from any number of elective courses in art history, history, anthropology, American studies, film, literature, education, or video production. By taking advantage of the cultural institutions of New York City and the faculty of City College and the CUNY system, students have the opportunity to explore any number of career choices. For more on this area of specialization, please visit the Museum Studies Website at http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/msp

Urban Museum Studies Specialization
A thirty-credit program with specialized courses for students interested in museum careers, specifically in an urban setting. Program includes an apprenticeship in a local museum as well as a Master’s Thesis. Students who choose to follow this program option are encouraged to take some of their elective courses in American studies, anthropology, English, and history, as well as art history and museum studies.

Current students and recent alumnae now hold permanent positions at the Asia Society, the Guggenheim Museum, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Boston museum of Fine Arts, the Spencer Museum of Art (University of Kansas), and the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D. C.

Art Education K-12
The Art Department’s Teaching Art K-12 program leads to New York State initial and professional certification to teach Art to grades K-12. Initial certification programs are available at the graduate level for students with a baccalaureate in their teaching subject area. At the graduate level, students ordinarily enroll in an initial certification Master’s program; students already holding a Master’s degree in their subject area or with previous graduate work may enroll in the advanced certification program (initial). Professional certification programs leading to a Master’s Degree are available to students who possess initial certification at the undergraduate level.
The program consists of required Education and Art courses as well as a final project and student teaching.



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