Graduate programs

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Bard Center for Environmental Policy
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy fosters education, research, and leadership on critical environmental issues. Founded in 1999 and based at Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus, Bard CEP offers master of science degrees in environmental policy and in climate science and policy. Each program prepares graduates to enter the workforce as skilled mediators between the world of science and the political, economic, legal, and social forces that shape environmental policy. Distinguished faculty share knowledge gained from academic research and practical experience in government, business, and nongovernmental organizations. A fulltime, professional internship is an integral part of training during the second year. The value of this approach has been recognized through partnerships with Pace Law School, the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College, and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Bard CEP is also a partner institution in the Peace Corps’ Master’s International and Fellows/USA programs.

Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture
The master of arts program at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard), founded in 1990, provides practical training and experience in a museum setting and an intensive two-year course of study in the history of the contemporary visual arts, institutions and practices of exhibition, and theory and criticism of the visual arts in the modern period. The faculty includes curators and other museum professionals, artists and critics, and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The curriculum is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating exhibitions of contemporary art; as the culmination of their studies, each student prepares a thesis and presents an exhibition or curatorial project in the CCS Bard Galleries. A recent expansion of the Center’s facilities enlarged the library and curatorial archives and created the Hessel Museum of Art for exhibitions curated from the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 1,700 works, on permanent loan to CCS Bard.

Graduate Conducting Program
The Graduate Conducting Program is a two-year master of music degree curriculum with tracks in orchestral and choral conducting, designed and directed by Harold Farberman, founder and director of the Conductors Institute at Bard (see page 239); James Bagwell, director of Bard’s undergraduate Music Program, music director of the Collegiate Chorale, and principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra; and Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. In addition to instruction in conducting, the curriculum includes a four semester music history sequence; voice lessons and diction for choral conductors; instrument lessons for orchestral conductors; and foreign language study, ear training, and composition for all students. The program, which began in 2010, provides students access to the resources of the Collegiate Chorale and to the Bard Music Festival and other Bard-related musical institutions.

Graduate Vocal Arts Program
The Graduate Vocal Arts Program, launched in 2006, is a two-year master of music program in vocal performance conceived by internationally acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw. Its curriculum supports a broad-based approach to a singing career, from standard repertory to new music. Core seminars introduce and tie together historical and cultural perspectives, analytical tools, and performance skills that distinguish vocal and operatic performances at the highest level. The core faculty, which includes the renowned voice teacher and head of program Kayo Iwama, is supplemented by guest artists. Seminars and classes on career skills are led by distinguished figures in arts management and administration. Upshaw, the program’s artistic director, acts as teacher and mentor to help each student realize his or her full artistic and professional potential.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program
The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College (Bard MAT), founded in 2003, has at its core an integrated curriculum leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and  initial teaching certification or California single subject credential. Having completed an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, incoming students continue studies in that field while they take education courses that challenge them to apply the results of research and pedagogical analysis to the actual work of teaching. Combined with student-teaching experiences, the program’s instructionally innovative courses provide the basis for critical reflection on educational practice.

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Located in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley region, the BardMAT in New York offers degrees and teacher certification in biology, English/literature, history/social studies, math, or Spanish language. Degrees can be completed in one-year (full-time) or two-years (part-time).

Los Angeles, California

Located in Los Angeles, the BardMAT in California offers degrees and California Single Subject credentialing in English or history. Degrees can be completed in two years (part-time).

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
Since 1981 the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (Bard MFA) has offered a low-residency program leading to the master of fine arts degree. For three intensive summer sessions, artists from a variety of fields — film/video, music/sound, painting, photography, sculpture, and writing — live and work on the Bard campus in an environment that encourages proficiency and recognizes the importance of engaged discussion to the artistic process. During the eight-week sessions, each Bard MFA student works individually, as well as in conferences with faculty and visiting artists, in caucuses within the artist’s discipline, and in seminars and critiques with the community as a whole. Work toward the master of fine arts degree continues in two independent study sessions during the intervening winters. Bard MFA students include active, midcareer artists, teachers, and professionals in other fields, as well as recent college graduates. The faculty is composed of working artists who are concerned with nurturing student artists and with the theory and practice of their own art.

The Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy program
The Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy program provides a strong emphasis on empirical and policy analysis through specialization in one of four Levy Institute research areas: macroeconomic theory, policy, and modeling; monetary policy and financial structure; distribution of income, wealth, and well-being, including gender equality and time poverty; and employment and labor markets. During the two-year M.S. students are required to participate in a graduate research assistantship at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Undergraduates in economics or related fields have an opportunity, through a 3+2 program, to earn both a B.A. and the M.S. in five years.

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a unique training orchestra and master’s degree program designed to prepare musicians for the challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra. Musicians receive three years of advanced orchestral training and take graduate-level courses in orchestral and curatorial studies, leading to a master of music degree in curatorial, critical, and performance studies.TŌN performs concert series at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and in concert halls throughout the Northeast. Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, is music director and principal conductor of TŌN. Guest conductors include JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

New York, New York
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
Founded in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) is a research institute in New York City dedicated to the study of the cultural history of the material world. The BGC offers programs leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the history of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. The curriculum includes courses in comparative medieval culture; early modern Europe; modern design history; the history and theory of museums; New York and American material culture; and archaeology, anthropology, and material culture. The BGC also publishes a semiannual journal, organizes exhibitions, and presents a broad range of public programs. The BGC campus is on West 86th Street in Manhattan, in newly renovated and expanded townhouses just off Central Park and near some of the world’s leading museums.

Bard MBA in Sustainability
Established in 2011, the Bard MBA is one of a handful of programs around the world that focus on the business case for sustainability: the integration of economic, environmental, and social objectives to create successful businesses that build a more sustainable world. The two-year, low-residency program, based in New York City, is structured around monthly weekend intensives, running from Friday morning to Monday afternoon, and online instruction two evenings a week between the monthly residencies. The curriculum is built around thematic modules that allow students to explore topics in depth. Faculty include scholars from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College as well as business professionals at the top of their fields. The goal of the program is to have graduates transform existing companies, start their own, and pioneer business models for meeting human needs while protecting and restoring the earth’s natural systems.

ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies
The International Center of Photography-Bard Program in Advanced Photo graphic Studies (ICP), founded in 2003, awards an M.F.A. degree in photography in collaboration with the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (see below). The two-year program, which is based at the ICP facilities in Manhattan, requires a scrupulous exploration of all aspects of photography through an integrated curriculum of studio practice, critical study, seminars, resident artist projects, and professional practice consisting of internships with leading professional photographers and photography organizations. The curriculum makes full use of the resources of ICP’s curatorial team and museum collection. With faculty from Bard and ICP, the program offers students guidance from some of the most accomplished professionals at work today. The goal is to equip aspiring photographers with the critical and professional skills necessary to succeed in all aspects of the field.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Founded in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, the Longy School of Music became a part of Bard in 2012 and is now known as the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Located in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Longy School is a leading degree-granting conservatory and school of continuing and preparatory studies. It offers 11 programs leading to a master of music degree, including collaborative piano performance, composition, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, early music performance, modern American music performance, opera performance, vocal performance, and organ, piano, string, and woodwind and brass performance. Longy also offers undergraduate, graduate performance, and artist diplomas. Longy’s distinguished faculty includes music historians, as well as musicians and composers who have extensive experience in major orchestras and as soloists and chamber musicians. Approximately 100 faculty members teach in the master of music and diploma programs. In partnership with Bard, Longy is developing new graduate programs in music pedagogy.

Longy, Bard College, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have partnered to develop the Longy School of Music of Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program for musicians with a desire to respond to today’s educational needs and who aspire to participate in the growing El Sistema movement in the United States. El Sistema is a program that originated in Venezuela and seeks to change the lives of children and communities through music. The intensive 12-month MAT curriculum, modeled after the original MAT Program on Bard’s main campus, integrates advanced studies in musical performance and education with the daily demands of the classroom. The program, based in Los Angeles and housed on the grounds of the Philharmonic’s premier El Sistema-inspired teaching site, offers candidates an unparalled learning environment and access to MAT faculty, including musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and leading scholars in music and education. Program graduates are awarded California single-subject K-12 teacher credentialing in music.

Los Angeles, California

The Longy School of Music of Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program
With the belief that effective music teachers must themselves be active performers, the intensive 12-month MAT curriculum integrates advanced studies in musical performance and education with the daily demands of the classroom. Designed for musicians with a desire to respond to today’s educational needs, and who aspire to participate in the growing El Sistema movement in the United States, the program leverages Bard’s experience in developing renowned academic and socially based teacher training programs with Longy’s role as a leader in progressive and rigorous training for performing and teaching musicians. Housed on the grounds of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s premier El Sistema-inspired teaching site YOLA at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), the program offers candidates access to MAT faculty including Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians and leading scholars in music and education.

MAT graduates are awarded California single-subject K-12 teacher credentialing in music. The average MAT class size is 12-15 students.

St. Petersburg, Russia
Smolny College
Program in Art Criticism and Curatorial Studies
This program is intended for students whose professional ambitions are related to the future career of independent curator or art critic able to work within the international network of contemporary art institutions – private and public galleries, museums, foundations, mass media. The general task is to intensify the international connections of the Russian and specifically St.Petersburg art scene, to ensure its full scale exposure to current contemporary art theoretical discussions and  curatorial practices. In order to achieve this goal a number of the leading Russian contemporary art institutions are actively involved into the program realization: the Institute of Contemporary Art PRO ARTE, the State Center For Contemporary Art, the Museum for Contemporary Art, galleries and traditional museums (the Hermitage, the Russian Museum). The new program is based on the resources of the substantially reorganized and enlarged MA Art Criticism program, which has been in existence at Smolny College since 2004.

West Bank, Palestine
Al-Quds Bard Partnership
The Bard Al-Quds Master of Arts in Teaching Program
In 2009, Bard College joined forces with AL-Quds University, an institution located in the West Bank, to establish several new programs aimed at improving the Palestinian education system: The Al-Quds Bard College for Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. The college and MAT Program offer dual degrees from Bard and Al-Quds–the first such initiative between a Palestinian university and an American institution of higher education.