The Department of Art and Public Policy recognizes that young artists and scholars need an opportunity to incubate their ideas outside the safe haven of the academy, in dialectic with real world problems. The Department offers courses that investigate the social, ethical, and political issues that affect artists’ ability to make and distribute their work.
Undergraduate students who wish to delve deeper into these issues may consider declaring a minor in Art and Public Policy. The minor allows students to customize a suite of four courses (beyond the two taken by all Tisch freshmen through the core curriculum) that deepen their understanding of the worldly dimensions of art. Students may include one thematically linked course from outside Art and Public Policy with permission of Department Chair, Professor Randy Martin.
Students can exercise considerable flexibility in crafting a course of study that best reflects their own pursuit of how art links to the world and what social knowledge is embodied in the arts. Some of the courses like Urban Ensemble are offered on a recurrent basis. Other courses provide unique opportunities to study with visiting faculty. Students will be able to take advantage of both kinds of opportunity.
To apply for the minor, Tisch students must fill out a declaration form available from Tisch Student Affairs at 726 Broadway, 2nd floor, and then bring it to the Department of Art and Public Policy’s Administrator, Emily Brown, at 665 Broadway on the 6th floor, Tisch School of the Arts. Emily can be reached at 212-992-8248 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completion of requirements will be verified by the Department, and the student and the Office of Student Affairs will be notified so that the minor can be reflected on the student’s transcript. Non- Tisch students should fill out a cross-school minor form via Albert.