​Arts in Context

​College of Visual and Performing Arts

The arts in context program focuses on how art is communicated, considered, and discussed in such settings as schools, museums, art institutions, cultural centers, and in the social and environmental public arena. 

Through a mix of academic and studio courses as well as electives, you’ll develop skills in creative and critical thinking, visual literacy and materials, civic engagement, and interdisciplinary practice. Students pursue such career paths as curatorship for galleries and museums and arts administration.

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Sample Courses

Core coursework covers art issues, history, theories, and practices. Sample courses include:

  • Collaborative Art
  • Art, Activism, Modernity
  • Artists Who Write
  • Archive as Art
  • Document as Art
  • Research as Art

Practical Experience

The arts in context major offers experiential learning opportunities for students in addition to the coursework.

  • Participate in an Art in New York City MAYmester course.
  • Learn from alumni and professionals during the visiting artist lecture series.
  • Explore the galleries and exhibition spaces of the college and University, including SUArt Galleries, 914Works, Light Work, and the Urban Video Project.
  • Attend the University Lectures and Syracuse Symposium events.

Study Abroad

Strengthen your resume and broaden your perspective with a study abroad experience during your time at Syracuse. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad offers more than 100 programs in 55 countries.

Learn more about Global Study Opportunities for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.


Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in arts in context you can become a:

  • Curator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Activist
  • Arts Administrator

Or, pursue your graduate degree in arts leadership, arts journalism, public relations, or art education.