The Diamond of Degrees: A $9,000 French Art Diploma, in New York

by Corinna Kirsch on April 15, 2015 Newswire

Iheap students; image courtesy of Iheap

Iheap students; image courtesy of Iheap

Want an MFA in New York? It’ll cost you. Here’s some approximate figures: SVA runs around $78,400; Columbia, $106,968; and upstate, Bard could leave you with a total bill of $58,000. For those unwilling to owe their wallet and soul to the bank for all eternity—but who still want to pursue postgraduate art study—there’s a different type of school launching in New York this fall. And it’s French.

Historically, the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap), a graduate institute and the educational arm of the Biennale de Paris, has offered a two-year diploma in theory and practice over in Paris. But this September, the school is launching Iheap New York, a two-year degree program right here in the city.

Expect non-traditional: it’s a roving program with classes held at a different location each time, and which last two full days per week. The price is non-traditional, too: it’s $9,000 for two years of study. European prices, for a European school. (Of course, tuition to the highly competitive, and time-comparable, Whitney Independent Study Program, is just $1,800 per year.)

Interested in becoming an Iheap student? You have about a week to pull together a writing sample and rec letters; applications are due on April 27.

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