urban studies

SFAI’s Urban Studies program addresses the contributions of art, artists, and researchers in the urban domain, broadly defined. The program emerged in recognition of the fact that artists and scholars of the visual can contribute to discussion around pressing issues of contemporary urban life: increasing urban populations, inequality, migration, new cultural geographies, the politics of space and the built environment, questions of sustainability, and the effects of a global economy—all of which are radically transforming cities worldwide. Approaching these issues from a fine arts perspective, Urban Studies at SFAI encourages students to develop interchange between academic and applied practice, creating work that directly engages the spatial environment.