MFA in Art and Media

MFA in Art and Media

NYU Abu Dhabi

December 16, 2021
MFA in Art and Media
Virtual information session: January 10, 7pm, GMT
Applications close: January 15
NYU Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Island
PO Box 129188
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi) will close applications for its two-year Master of Fine Arts in Art and Media (MFA) on January 15, 2022. A virtual information session for potential applicants will be held on January 10 at 7pm GMT with faculty, admissions officers, and current students. To register for the session, please visit this link.

The first of its kind in the region, this MFA offers an individualized curriculum that is responsive to artistic, technological, economic, and societal shifts and needs. Its studio-focused integrated coursework bridges disciplinary skills and diverse bodies of knowledge.

The MFA at NYU Abu Dhabi aims to strengthen the artist’s individual art practice as well as their relationships with critical theory and relevant discourse. Students are positioned to push their practices to the next level given the support of their peer community and professors, as well as their exposure to other visiting artists and art professionals who provide studio visits, lectures, and critiques.

Throughout the program, students will have access to local stakeholders and institutions, including guest critics and speakers from Warehouse 421, Department of Culture, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Jameel and AlSerkal Avenue, as well as local artists, and many more.

The program is structured to ensure that students develop advanced research skills for visual and academic investigations in contemporary art and theory. Coursework and academic requirements are designed to foster the development of students who can think and create in novel and interdisciplinary ways.

The program leverages Abu Dhabi’s location as a transnational and transcultural hub for the exchange of western and eastern traditions in the arts and culture. The MFA is uniquely positioned to create new discourses in the field by virtue of its geographic location and student body. Students from vastly different cultures, beliefs, and orientations gather here to create new visions of what Abu Dhabi, the Emirates, the Arabian Gulf, and the wider region is and can be. This is supported directly by the flows of NYU’s global network and Abu Dhabi’s proximity to point east of traditionally western-centric art discourses.

MFAs are often required to teach at the university level, and this program offers a teaching apprenticeship program to students who are interested in entering academia. The curricular structure is modelled on the MFA program at NYU New York but is also responsive to the cultural traditions and heritage of the UAE, along with its burgeoning place as a global art hub.

Tarek Al-Ghoussein, an artist and Professor of Visual Arts at NYU Abu Dhabi, assumes the role of Program Director of the MFA. As a Kuwaiti of Palestinian origin, much of Al-Ghoussein’s professional work deals with how his identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss. Al-Ghoussein’s work has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Nevada Museum of Art: the British and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; the Sharjah Art Foundations; the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo; the Royal Photography Museum in Copenhagen; and the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Barjeel Art Foundation, Abu Dhabi Music & Art Foundation (ADMAF), and Art Jameel.

RSVP for MFA in Art and Media
NYU Abu Dhabi
December 16, 2021

Thank you for your RSVP.

NYU Abu Dhabi will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.