Critical Theory and the Arts

30 Credits | One-year residency

A program of study in critical theory, social justice and the arts—the visual arts, literature, dance, music and architecture.

The MA Program

The Program of Study

The Serious Times Lecture Series and the Situation of the Arts Seminar are the center of the curriculum.


Critical Theory and the Arts Faculty

Taught by distinguished faculty, the MA degree is completed in three consecutive semesters and culminates in the Comprehensive Thesis.


Life After the Program

Graduates go on to PhD studies in various areas; to work in galleries, museums, schools and nonprofit institutions; to teach at the college level, and others to develop as public intellectuals.

Life After CTA

What Students Find Here

The demanding year of study, writing and discussion is meant for students with a lot on their minds who are prepared to have a whole lot more on their minds.