The Department of Art and Public Policy recognizes that young artists and scholars need opportunities to incubate their ideas in dialectic with real world problems. The Department offers courses that investigate the social, ethical, and political realities that affect artists’ ability to make and distribute their work, while looking at how art and its production can affect all aspects of life. Undergraduate students who wish to delve deeper into these issues may consider declaring a minor in Art and Public Policy.
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. The minor allows students to customize a suite of four courses (beyond the two taken by all Tisch freshmen through the core curriculum) that offer a window into the world through art, deepening an understanding of the role of art in social struggles. Students may include one thematically linked course from outside Art and Public Policy with permission of Department Chair, Professor Kathy Engel.
To apply for the minor, Tisch students must fill out a declaration form available from Tisch Student Affairs, 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.