Jewish Art and Visual Culture

Professor
Vivian B. Mann, Program Director

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Susan Chevlowe

The only one of its kind in the United States, the program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture provides specialized training for students interested in a professional career in the field of Jewish art as teachers or in museums as curators, educators, and administrators. Students will find both high-level professional training and exposure to academic Jewish Studies. The program also provides a framework for studying Jewish contributions to the visual arts for non-matriculated students.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements for List College

Degree Requirements
For Jewish Art and Visual Culture Majors

  • Two courses (6 credits) of Art History at Columbia University or Barnard College (or other institution), chosen in consultation with the major advisor
  • Two courses (6 credits) of Jewish Literature and/or Jewish History
  • One course (3 credits) ART 5405: Setting Jewish Art and Rituals in Context
  • One course (3 credits) ART 5535: A History of Synagogue Architecture
  • Three courses (9 credits) in Jewish Art, chosen in consultation with the major advisor
  • One course (3 credits) senior/capstone seminar
Master of Arts

Admission Requirements for The Graduate School

Degree Requirements
Courses
In addition to courses required of all students in The Graduate School, 36 graduate credits are required as follows:

All courses are chosen in consultation with the advisor.

  • Three courses (9 credits) in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, including Setting Jewish Art and Rituals in Context (offered alternate years during the fall semester)
  • Three courses (9 credits) in Art History at Columbia University or the Bard Center for the Decorative Arts
  • Two  internships (6 credits) at The Jewish Museum, at another museum, or in the art collection of The JTS Library
  • Four courses (12 credits) in Jewish Studies: first-year seminar and three courses from the following areas: Bible, Rabbinics, Jewish History, and Jewish Literature

Languages
Students must demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew and a reading knowledge of art history texts in German. For details on foreign-language requirements, consult The Graduate School section of the Academic Bulletin.

Fellowships
Matriculated students may apply for one of the following merit fellowships:

  • David Berg Foundation Fellowship
  • Dr. Mayer Fisch Fellowship
  • Manekin Family Fellowship in the History of Jewish Art
  • Tuttleman Fellowship of the Program in Jewish Art (established by Edna and Stanley Tuttleman for the purpose of training worthy students as Jewish art historians and curators)
Search the Course Catalog for courses in Jewish Art and Visual Culture.