NYU Abu Dhabi's major in Art and Art History integrates the traditions of historical, critical, and philosophical thinking that characterize the disciplines of Art History and Aesthetics with practice-based studio art. The courses are divided into two tracks: Visual Arts and Art History. Students have the option of specializing in one track or combining the two in equal measure. Specialization in the Visual Arts requires:
All students completing a major in Art and Art History must undertake a Capstone Project in their final year. The Capstone project is an advanced piece of work in either Art History or Art Practice; it represents the culmination of your work in the Art and Art History major. Students taking a major in Art and Art History can focus on history and theory, on studio practice, or a balanced combination of the two. Accordingly, the Capstone can be a research thesis, a practice-based project, or a combination of the two. It must demonstrate rigor of thought, imaginative intelligence, and technical proficiency. Ideally, it should be informed as widely and deeply as possible by each student’s educational experience over the previous years in the program and at NYUAD.
In Visual Arts, arts practice students are offered the opportunity to create and exhibit a week-long solo show of their Capstone Project. Capstone Projects are supported by required Capstone Seminar classes taken in fall and spring of senior year.