About the Program
The Fine and Decorative Art and Design curriculum is based on a simple belief: the fundamental currency of the art world is objects. The Master’s program examines the diverse cultural histories of objects, makers, and markets of each period, focusing on providing a strong foundation in the history of art, iconography, materials, and techniques in America, Europe, and Asia. Students learn how to engage directly with the marketplace and gain essential skills in connoisseurship, valuation, and curation, which are necessary to study and evaluate objects.
The Institute’s large network of art professionals in New York and beyond – at museums, private collections, galleries, and auction houses – ensures that students get behind-the-scenes access, and learn firsthand how objects are made and handled. Internships at prestigious art and design fairs as well as travel and study trips form an essential part of this unique, participatory program experience. Students are exposed to different perspectives of looking at art objects and graduate with an essential understanding of global differences.
Whether in sales, valuation, art history, or cultural institution management at museums, galleries, or auction houses – graduates of the Master’s degree program in Fine and Decorative Art and Design are prepared for a range of careers and leave with an expanded professional network.
About Our Students
Students in the Fine and Decorative Art and Design program come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal: a career that allows them to connect audiences and objects. Graduates have the ability to think critically and actively seek ways to foster connections to art through interpretation. Alumni of the program now hold significant positions in galleries, auction houses, art and valuation consultancies, and museums.
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