About our Degree Programs
The Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD degrees in the history of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. The MA is a two-year program which includes coursework, an internship, an international travel program, and culminates in the submission of a qualifying paper. The PhD at the Bard Graduate Center is envisioned as a 4-5 year track following completion of an MA. It includes coursework, three field exams, and the submission of a doctoral dissertation.
We train students to think about how objects and the material world can be understood in a variety of contexts and how knowledge about them can enrich our own. Our faculty draw from the methodologies of art history, history, archaeology, and anthropology—the departments from which they themselves come—and our fields of special strength include New York and American Material Culture, Modern Design History, Early Modern Europe, History and Theory of Museums, Comparative Medieval Material Culture (China, Islam, Europe), Archaeology, Anthropology, and Material Culture, and Cultures of Conservation.