Bard College

Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture


38 West 86th Street

New York City, NY 10024

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, Ph.D. in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Founded in 1993, Bard Graduate Center is a teaching and research institute located in New York City devoted to the cultural history of the material world. Our distinguished faculty draw on methodologies and approaches from art history, archaeology, anthropology, social and cultural history, philosophy, and the history of science and technology. Our world-renowned library supports research and study throughout the institution. We offer MA and PhD degrees in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture that prepare students to become scholars, curators, and museum professionals; promote innovative research through visiting fellowships and institutional partnerships; organize academic lectures, seminars, and symposia; and publish scholarly journals and monographs.

Bard Graduate Center’s campus comprises a state-of-the-art academic programs building and library at 38 West 86th Street in New York City and a Gallery at 18 West 86th Street. 

Fall 2017 Open Houses: October 15, October 29, November 6. 


Bard Graduate Center is an academic unit of Bard College through which it is accredited and a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH).

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