Like real life, graduate study at the Academy is self-directed and relatively unscripted. And yet, students are guided, supported, and challenged by the Academy community.
Both the departments and the Academy-wide programs are free from conventional classes and traditional grades. This allows the school to be specialized and flexible — responsive to student and faculty interests. The academic program is both rigorous and yet approachable. The program takes the form of lectures, discussions, workshops, student-initiated symposia, critiques with visiting curators, dinners with guest thinkers, and debates in the studio kitchens. The Academy-wide academic programs are open to all students at the Academy — regardless of their primary studio department — and are designed to foster inter-departmental exchange.