The MFA in Fine Arts program is one of several within the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). The School of Art, Media, and Technology is home to programs including Communication Design, Photography, Design and Technology, and Illustration. Evolving technology and the changing boundaries between of art, design, and social critique allow for increasingly sophisticated forms of expression. As the disciplines intersect, dialogue and collaboration by students across the school allows AMT to better address social needs and problems through fine art.
Shared faculty and exhibitions and intersecting curricula foster connections throughout AMT programs and other divisions of The New School. For example, the recent symposium Human Rights and Human Wrongs brought together five artists and faculty from The New School to discuss human rights violations in Guatemala.
New York’s robust fine arts community makes the city an ideal place for students wishing to create, experiment, and grapple with issues in contemporary art. Students have access to institutions such as the New Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Guggenheim. The school’s extensive network of alumni and external partnerships also provides students with access to many of the diverse galleries throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Through these connections, students meet industry experts, who can provide opportunities for them to present work, collaborate on projects, and find representation.
Intercultural collaborationis a key part of AMT culture. Parsons students recently collaborated on the project Exquisite Corpse with students from the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. Intercultural student teams in New York and Sydney created work, which was rotated so that each team developed work begun by their colleagues. Students also developed projects in residencies sponsored by Parsons in China and at others such as the Skowhegan Institute, Mildred’s Lane, and the Jentel Artist Residency.
The program’s Visiting Artists Lectures Series features prominent artists and critics who bring fresh perspectives to campus. They discus their work in relationship to larger cultural trends and visit students’ studios. Recent guest artists and critics include Paul Pfeiffer, Fred Wilson, Shirin Neshat, Kara Walker, Mark Dion, Ann Hamilton, Deb Kass, Andrea Scott, Tehching Hsieh, Sina Najafi, and Jeffrey Kastner.