All students completing a major in Art and Art History at NYUAD must undertake a Capstone project in their final year. The Capstone project is an advanced piece of work in either Art History or Art Practice. Students taking a major in Art and Art History can focus on history and theory, on studio practice, or a balanced combination of the two; accordingly, the capstone can be a research thesis, a practice-based project, or a combination of the two. It must demonstrate rigor of thought, imaginative intelligence, and technical proficiency. Ideally, it should be informed as widely and deeply as possible by each student’s educational experience over the previous years in the program and at NYUAD.
Capstone projects are tailored to meet the needs and ambitions of each individual student. However, project proposals must take into consideration issues of scale and time, budgetary constraints, and also the expertise of the faculty available for supervision. All projects will, therefore, be developed in close consultation with the faculty.
Please ensure that you also consult the general guides for Arts and for Humanities capstones provided by the Arts and Humanities division. These guides contain essential information on proposal and project submission requirements, schedules, and academic expectations.
Capstone proposals are due on April 1. Capstone proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee, which may require that the proposal be revised in order to make the project feasible given the constraints of time, availability of research materials, and faculty expertise. Revised proposals are due on May 1. Students will be notified about which faculty members will direct their capstones before the end off classes.
For detailed guidelines about the submission process, please consult the Capstone proposal guides for Arts and for Humanities students respectively.
Working with your Adviser
On the basis of your proposal (submitted in the spring of your junior year), you will be assigned a faculty adviser. He or she will work with you as a supervisor and consultant throughout the process of researching and writing your Capstone project. You may also be assigned a secondary supervisor.
While you are expected to display a great deal of independence in the construction and execution of your project, your adviser can provide invaluable guidance and feedback. You should expect to meet with your adviser on a weekly basis once your senior year begins. (You are free to work out an alternative schedule in consultation with your adviser.)
Students following the Art History track of the major participate in the year-long Humanities Capstone Seminar and those following the Art Practice track participate in the Arts Capstone Seminar. These seminars are designed to complement the individual advising relationship. The seminars are faculty-led work-in-progress groups, in which Capstone students will discuss research and practice methods and problems across the humanities and arts and learn to communicate their ideas to non-specialists. The seminars will keep students on a common schedule designed to allow sufficient time for revision of a complete draft before the final due date.