Welcome to the Institute of Fine Arts!

Thank you for visiting the website of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. The Institute is dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archaeology, and the conservation and technology of works of art. From its advantageous position on New York’s Museum Mile, the Institute plays a vital role in the public dissemination and discussion of art historical research through an active program of lectures and conferences. This website is designed to introduce our programs and to support the needs of our faculty and students. Although we hope that you will find the site engaging and informative, we encourage you to visit the Institute in our splendid locations in the Duke House, home to our Art History and Archaeology programs at 1 East 78th Street, and the Stephen Chan House, our Conservation Center, at 14 East 78th Street.

The Institute offers the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, a dual MS degree in conservation and MA in art history for students choosing to specialize in Conservation, and the Certificate in Curatorial Studies issued jointly with the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the PhD program.  The courses of study prepare students to enter careers in university teaching, museum work, independent research and writing, art criticism, and art conservation.

Whatever their professional goals, Institute students gain a sound knowledge in the history of art and a foundation in scholarship and connoisseurship as a basis for critical judgment and research. To the student who goes beyond the master’s degree to the doctorate, the Institute provides a deeper understanding of a major area of the discipline and develops a capacity for independent scholarship. Research is as important a part of the program as classroom instruction. In the course of its history since 1932, the Institute of Fine Arts has trained a high number of the world’s most distinguished art history professors, curators, museum administrators, and conservators.

To learn more about the Institute, please see the 2014-2015 issue of the IFA Annual [PDF].

Patricia Rubin
Judy & Michael Steinhardt Director
The Institute of Fine Arts

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