The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for several exciting new and improved Diploma programs.
Diploma programs provide students with in-demand job skills, networking opportunities, and access to industry experts as well as small class sizes, flexible schedules, and affordable pricing.
Diplomas are available in the subjects below. Please click on the links to learn more about each diploma and to apply. Applications are due September 1st.
Art and Design (in-person or hybrid in-person/online)
Global Art Business
Historic Preservation Studies
Visual and Performing Arts Administration
Language and Translation (online)
Professional Legal Interpreting (Chinese/English)
Professional Legal Interpreting (Spanish/English)
Professional Medical Interpreting (Chinese/English)
Professional Medical Interpreting (Spanish/English)
Professional Translation (Arabic to English)
Professional Translation (English to Spanish)
Professional Translation (Spanish to English)
Professional Translation (French to English)
Professional Translation (Language Neutral)
Media and Communications (in-person or hybrid in-person/online)
Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking
Digital Filmmaking: From Script to Screen
Writing for Television
If you would like to speak to an academic representative to get more information about the diplomas or advice on what courses to take, please contact our in-house experts at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.
For Art & Design and Media & Communications:
For Languages & Translation:
We look forward to seeing you this Fall!
In an article published on CNBC.com’s “Where the Jobs Are” section this past week, journalist Kate Rogers reported on the massive increase in demand for professional translators and interpreters over the past seven years and the outlook of the industry’s future.
“As the economy becomes more globalized and businesses realize the need for translation and interpreting to market their products and services, the opportunities for people with advanced language skills will continue to grow sharply,” said David Rumsey, president of the ATA, adding that the association predicts the largest growth is within contracted positions, giving workers and companies more flexibility.
Perhaps the most promising trend—aside from the projected 29% growth through 2024—is that as the number of available jobs has increased, so too has the variety of companies that are hiring translators. Not only are businesses seeking translation services from freelancers and agencies, but large organizations like the United Nations are also hiring in-house translators with the experience and skills to provide quick turnaround of work without sacrificing accuracy. In fact, Rogers writes that the UN is looking to increase its staff of translators from 450 to 500 to keep up with demand, which presents a unique opportunity to become part of such a prestigious and multicultural team.
As part of the core curriculum, MS in Professional Writing students in the Principles of Information Architecture course, taught by Dr. Steven Goss, learn about information architecture and user experience through the study and practice of techniques used to develop websites and web apps. For their final projects this past spring, students were asked to develop a website prototype based on a mock request for proposal (RFP). In response to the mock RFP, students sought ways to match innovative methods for information presentation with the specific needs of their target audiences– which varied across projects. After submitting their prototypes, the class took on the role of RFP reviewers and voted for the strongest prototypes. The following student website prototypes were ranked the highest in the course (in no order):
Park Slope Loop by Julia Joy
This prototype is a neighborhood blog and guide to Park Slope, Brooklyn. However, the prototype is designed to be adaptable to any neighborhood. The purpose of Park Slope Loop is to inform and engage the community through a comprehensive directory of locales and events, as well as through blog articles featuring neighborhood observations, insider knowledge, and local humor. The site also invites users to interact and post free classifieds ads. While stock photos and placeholder text are presently used throughout, the eventual goal of this project is to generate original written and visual content.
Copper Square Community Site by Lisa Roth
The purpose of the Copper Square Community Site is to facilitate communication between the residents of the Copper Square development and their Homeowners’ Association. Designed to fostering a sense of community, Copper Square Community Site encourages resident engagement within the private social section of the site. While community residents are expected to be the primary site users, public elements are also included to promote the community to potential residents as well.
Happy Gut by Erin Leigha Hunt
Happy Gut is a new health-related website that aims to inform, empower, and inspire men and women to take control of their own health by learning functional medicine techniques that will prevent, treat, and manage chronic illness. Happy Gut provides information on up-to-date proactive approaches that address the underlying root of illness in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or “gut,” rather than traditional techniques that simply treat and mask symptoms with medications. Happy Gut provides practical dietary guidelines (diets and nutritional supplements) and will help users connect with a certified functional medicine practitioner in their geographical region to begin their journey toward optimal health and wellness.
Book Club Chatter by Lilach Mollick
Book Club Chatter is a site for book club members. It serves as a virtual meeting place and resource for those seeking information, reviews, podcasts, and discussion forums about books they are currently reading or plan to read. The site prepares book club participants for a discussion about the book, arming them with reviews, interviews, and insights. Book Club Chatter includes forums for user discussion, new editorial content written for the site, and external content.
A.N. Author by Lauren Neeley
Many authors have stale, uninteresting websites. Even writers with impressive readership often let their personal sites take a backseat to busier platforms like Twitter and Facebook. These authors are underusing valuable digital space that could be leveraged for branding and promotion. The A.N. Author prototype offers a template for authors to build their own websites. Through effective design, this template helps ensure efficient use of web space and invites users to connect with an author’s body of work. This prototype reflects the first phase of development; phase two will incorporate a dynamic homepage that streams social media content.
For more information about the MS in Professional Writing program please visit: http://www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/humanities-arts-and-writing/academics/ms-in-professional-writing.html
If you haven’t been to the Museum of the City of New York recently, I can’t recommend highly enough that you do. Not only do they have a number of exhibits that change regularly, but also their recently opened permanent exhibit, “New York at Its Core,” is a wonderful overview of the past, present, and future of the city. You can learn about the first settlers of the area to the plans being put in place to keep New York a sustainable place to live in a world with ever-increasing changes in technology.
The museum is also a hub for events that correspond with their exhibits. Here are three of the upcoming events this month, along with CALA courses you may be interested in to add depth to your knowledge.
“The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge”
Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue)
Washington Roebling constructed one of America’s most iconic structures, the Brooklyn Bridge, but his story spans much more than just the East River. It’s a story of immigration, personal adversity, and pushing the boundaries of possibility. Join Erica Wagner, author of Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, and Kevin Baker, best selling author of America the Ingenious, for a conversation about this incredible feat of human engineering and the making of modern New York. Reception and book signing to follow.
Register online at mcny.org/offthepage | Use the code NYUSPS for $10 tickets (regularly $20)
If you want to learn about some of the other massive architectural achievements undertaken in New York City, you can check out Olmsted, Vaux, Central Park, and 19th-Century New York or Robert Moses and the Making of New York.
“In the Steps of Salsa Walking Tour”
Friday, July 14 at 3:00 pm beginning at the Museum of the City of New York
Inspired by their exhibition, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York, Elena Martinez, folklorist at City Folk, will lead a walking tour of East Harlem, the barrio of salsa, to explore the music venues, theaters, and social clubs that fostered the nascent dance movement. Stops will include the first Spanish Methodist Church where the Young Lords Party staged some of their most audacious civil rights campaigns, New York City’s oldest botanicas, spiritual shops that sell candles, herbs, and amulets, and the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, a community staple even to this day. Includes Museum admission.
Register online at mcny.org/salsa | Use code NYUSPS for $20 tickets (regularly $30)
One of the greatest advantages of courses in New York is using the city as your classroom. You may want to take Manhattan History: Pre-European to Post-Revolutionary War and New York in the Jazz Age: Art Deco Architecture from Tribeca to the Upper West Side to view the city from other historical angles.
“Feeding the Fight: The Culinary History of WWI”
Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue)
Savor a bite of culinary history by exploring the food and drinks that defined the American experience during World War I. Inspired by their exhibition, Posters & Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, food historian Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will delve into American cuisine both at home and abroad during war years.
French 75s, a cocktail popular during the period named for the French 75 mm field gun, will be served courtesy of the new wine cocktail company Pampelonne and attendees will receive a copy of an original cake recipe promoted by the Red Cross to send to soldiers overseas.
Register online at mcny.org/posters | Use the code NYUSPS for $10 tickets (regularly $20)
The United Nations Development Programme is seeking volunteer Portuguese interpreters for a program this September. The Equator Initiative is a UNDP program promoting solutions of sustainable development for indigenous and local communities around the globe. You can read more about their mission and events here: http://www.revamping.equatorinitiative.org/
For more details about the volunteer position, please contact Aline da Silva, UNDP Program Assistant, at email@example.com.
Applications are now open for the new online Diploma in Professional Translation (available in 5 language pairs: A>E, E>S, S>E, F>E, and language-neutral) and Diploma in Professional Legal or Medical Interpreting (available in Chinese/English and Spanish/English)! Please see our website for more information: https://www.sps.nyu.edu/professional-pathways/diplomas/language-and-translation.html
We are also offering a variety of online Career Advancement courses in Translation in more than 7 language pairs, including English to Portuguese:
TRAN1-CE9777001 Arabic to English Legal Translation
TRAN1-CE8576001 English to French Technical Translation
TRAN1-CE9979001 English to Portuguese Legal Translation
TRAN1-CE8826001 English to Spanish Medical Translation
TRAN1-CE9600001 French to English Translation of Contracts
TRAN1-CE9023001 German to English Automotive Translation
TRAN1-CE8035001 Spanish to English Translation for Marketing and Advertising
(Courtesy of the New York Circle of Translators)
There is a Spanish/English court interpreter job opening in Passaic County, New Jersey!
The latest podcast to take the audio world by storm is S-Town. Already downloaded more than 40 million times, S-Town tells the tale of the reclusive and eccentric John McLemore and his life in Woodstock, Alabama. In this article on the American Press Institute’s website, Jane Elizabeth interviews This American Life’s Ben Phelan about his experience as a fact-checker for the hit show. If you want to learn more about S-Town and download the 7 episodes, click here.
Interested in learning more about how podcasts get made or how to become a better storyteller? Consider these courses in Summer 2017:
There are a number of events taking place between today and Monday that will feature the work of faculty from the Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Continue reading to learn more!
Friday, May 19th— The Brooklyn Historical Society opens its new museum and gift shop at the historic Empire Stores in DUMBO. Entrance during the opening weekend (May 20 + May 21) is free. The inaugural exhibit Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront features several works by award-winning photographer Lynn Saville. Saville is teaching Photographic NYC from Remarkable Locations this summer.
Monday May 22nd, 8pm- At Christ & Stephen’s Church (120 W 69th) Composer Ed Cionek’s violin-piano work, Stolen Moments in Green and Blue will be performed by Claudia Schaer, violin and Max Lifchitz, piano, in a chamber music program for violin, cello and piano, along with works by Fueyo, Lifchitz, Rodriguez, and Tann. A production by North-South Consonance. Cionek is teaching Master Composers of the Romantic Era this summer.
Monday May 22nd, 5pm– The New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue will be hosting various events to mark the opening day of the High End Luxury Furniture Fair in NYC. This includes the “Fashion Show with Global Designers” at the Tucker Robins showroom featuring Zolaykha Sherzad’s collection Zarif Designs, produced in Kabul with the help of 52 local Afghan artisans. Sherzad was a panelist at NYU SPS’s recent event “Sustainability of Ethical Fashion in Our Brave New World.” This summer, CALA is offering various courses in Fashion and Interior Design.
May 16th-June 3rd- “Or Curse the Darkness: Atlantic Gallery Responds to Our Moment” is a temporary exhibit featuring artist Meera Thompson. On June 1st, join the artists and several art historians and critics for a special panel discussion. Thompson is teaching the following courses this summer: Drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Drawing Techniques for Art Specialists
As the 14th World Congress on Art Deco kicks off in Cleveland this week, we would like to congratulate Anthony Robins– historian, author, guide, SPS instructor, and all-around art deco expert- on receiving this year’s Guiding Spirit Award from the Guides Association of New York City to honor “his leadership and mentorship for other guides, through his contagious passion for the city.” Here is a clip from the award ceremony.
Robins is the author of the recently New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, the first guidebook solely devoted to New York City’s Deco treasures. On May 25th, ioin the Art Deco Society of New York for a special evening when Robins presents an illustrated talk exploring the city’s hidden Deco gems, followed by a book signing (more information here).
This summer, Robins is teaching the following special course at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts
Through a series of walking tours, students will follow the art deco style’s impact on the architecture of Manhattan. There are still a few spots left– click on the link above to register. The course coincides with the exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum: The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.
You may also be interested in other courses in art, history, and culture at CALA this summer:
*ART DECO is the predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors, and used most notably in household objects and in architecture.