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Who We Are

The Institute: your destination for the past, present, and future of art.

The Institute is a thriving center of advanced research and graduate teaching in art history, archaeology, and art conservation. A site of knowledge production since its founding in 1932, the Institute has also produced many of the world’s leading art historians, museum directors, curators, and conservators.

34 Museum Directors Worldwide are Alumni of the Institute


What We Do

The Institute: a community of learning

Institute students join a tradition of research excellence and share in the latest thinking. They are prepared for careers in the art world, in museums, in conservation, and in universities. We offer the following degrees and fields of study:

PhD in History of Art and Archaeology with a Certificate in Curatorial Studies issued jointly with the Metropolitan Museum of Art

M.S. and M.A. Dual-Degree: M.S. in Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and M.A. in History of Art and Archaeology

M.A in History of Art and Archaeology


Whatever their professional goals, students at the Institute gain a sound knowledge in the history of art and a foundation in scholarship and connoisseurship as a basis for critical judgment and research.

With no more than 25 students in a lecture class, our courses are small. This provides students with the intimate environment needed to successfully study art history at the graduate level.

Unique to the Institute’s art history program, all students have access to courses in the technical studies of works of art at the Conservation Center.

The Institute offers interdisciplinary study at other programs in NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, such as in Museum Studies, Italian Studies, Classics, and East Asian Studies.

Find out more about the program.


Working one-on-one with Professor Crow on my MA thesis solidified my choice to continue focusing on contemporary art. I am now the curatorial assistant to the chief curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and have the opportunity to further my interests developed at the IFA by assisting on exhibitions on contemporary living artists.

-Jessica Mann, MA '15

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