Program in Visual Arts Administration Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

Program in Visual Arts Administration Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Preparing Students for Dynamic Careers in the Commercial and Non-Profit Art Sectors

NYU Steinhardt's MA degree 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. The program curriculum also considers how education in arts organizations expands knowledge and builds audiences, the increasing role of art in urban development and public spaces, and new approaches and tools for encouraging access and participation.

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.

The Curriculum

The curriculum features core courses in the "Environment of Visual Arts Administration," "Digital Technologies in the Art Organization," and "Law and the Visual Arts" introduce students to key concepts and skills. Students are also required to take entry-level business courses at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Students select a primary area of study -- either "Arts Management" (Non Profit) or "Arts Market" (For Profit). Electives create opportunities to further focus on an area of interest, such as curatorial studies, arts advocacy, art education, or arts marketing.

All students undertake at least one internship with a range of sponsors, including museums, alternative spaces, public arts agencies, galleries, auction houses, community art centers, and consultancies. Past internship placements have included but are not limited to the Museum of Modern Art, Sotheby's, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie's, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Creative Time, and Art Forum.

The program takes advantage of its position in New York City to use the variety of arts organizations and professionals available through case studies, focus groups, site visits, and examples of theory applied to practice. The program's extensive networks allow students access to a wide range of individuals and organizations in the field and increases the depth of their understanding of the complexities of this challenging area.

The curriculum fosters a global perspective within course readings and discussions, and through several study abroad options. In London, students analyze the exhibition and display of art in material culture through a dynamic curriculum that blends classroom sessions and site visits. In the Netherlands and Berlin, Performing Arts Administration and Visual Arts Administration students compare and contrast the management of cultural institutions in the U.S. and Europe, with an emphasis on cultural policy, cultural diplomacy, funding mechanisms, globalism and mobility, and cultural identity and diversity.

The program's location in NYU Steinhardt's Department of Art and Art Professions affords students the opportunity to interact with BFA and MFA degree program studio art students and curate exhibitions from their studios.

The full-time program can be completed in two years, generally including one summer. Part-time study is also offered.

Visual Arts Administration Students and Alumni

Students come from a variety of backgrounds; most already work in the arts or arts-related fields. About 20% are international. Applicants are required to have strong art history backgrounds in order to understand the discipline.

Program alumni are museum directors, fundraising experts, public art advocates, gallery directors, corporate art consultants, and art fair managers. They are employed at institutions including the Appraisers Association of America; Art and Idea (Barcelona, Spain); Christie's; Cleveland Museum of Art; Creative Time; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Deutsche Bank Art Collection; Gagosian Gallery; The Hammer Museum, UCLA; 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; and the David Zwirner Gallery.

A strong, local alumni network provides networking and mentoring opportunities.


NYU Steinhardt's Visual Arts Administration faculty members are recognized leaders in the field. They are very available to students both through the courses they teach as well as through individual advisement. A carefully selected group of adjunct faculty members bring additional professional expertise to the program.

Admissions and Financial Aid

The application deadline is January 6 for fall semester enrollment.

Each year, NYU Steinhardt awards $2 million in tuition scholarships to master's students, which are determined by merit and financial need. These scholarships, combined with loans and student employment, help both full- and part-time students afford the cost of a graduate education. Applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and who complete their Free Application for Student Aid on time will be considered for financial aid.

Location & Contact

Program in Visual Arts Administration

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

34 Stuyvesant Street, Suite 300
New York, NY 10003
United States

Prof. Sandra Lang


Phone: 212-998-5723
Fax: 212-995-4320

Phone: 212-998-5030
Fax: 212-995-4328

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Arts Administration Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 38
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


46% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 161
    • Accepted 75
    • Acceptance Rate 46
    • Enrolled 52
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesinterview
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students94
    • Female Percentage88%
    • Male Percentage12%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students94
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Full-time Percentage73%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian56%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian18%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown9%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty5
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCorporate philanthropy, contemporary art and culture, public art and urban development, cultural policy, arts advocacy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported





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