Certificate Programs


The New Centre for Research & Practice is authorized as a Licensed Proprietary School (LPS) by the State of Michigan, USA, to provide graduate-level certificates of competency in a range of fields and disciplines. Our certificates are intended to complement, enhance, and intensify MA and PhD programs from existing accredited colleges and universities, as well as to recognize those enrolled in our seminars to broaden the scope of independent research and practice.

Presently, The New Centre offers certificate programs in Critical Philosophy, Curatorial Practice, Social & Political Thought and Transdisciplinary Research & Practice. The award of a graduate-level certificate from The New Centre requires the completion of twelve one-credit seminar modules. Once you are accepted as a certificate program student, any previously completed seminar module at The New Centre can be applied towards your certificate. Modules are transferable between programs to create a unique plan of study, to be approved by the Certificate Programmer. In addition, a program may require a project to be completed in order for a certificate to be awarded. The cost of each certificate programs is USD 2600.

Please contact info@thenewcentre.org if you would like to receive a copy of The New Centre's Student handbook.



To apply for our Graduate-level Certificate Programs, complete The New Centre's Application Form.

Art & Curatorial Practice

Programmer Mohammad Salemy

The New Centre’s Art & Curatorial Practice Program is one of the only international curricula responding to the challenges that cultural and economic globalization as well as planetary telecomputation have together created for the production and distribution of contemporary art and knowledge in the 21st century. The Program engages with the fields from a critical standpoint by encouraging students to question the institutional assumptions about the role of artists and curators with a focus on the epistemological and social ramifications of art making, exhibitions, their surrounding activities, and their political economy. Part historical, part conceptual, and part practical, the program encourages students to form their own critical approach by focusing on research topics and connecting specific materials from within the discourse of contemporary art to other fields of knowledge from the sciences and humanities. As part of its practicum, the program will include the publication of research and student-curated events and exhibitions. Rather than issuing stand alone certificates, The New Centre’s Art and Curatorial Practice complements existing, accredited MA/PhD programs at other higher educational institutions by introducing students to newer concepts and methodologies which have yet to be incorporated in art and curatorial curricula at accredited universities and colleges, thus preparing students for either entering these institutions or providing them additional knowledge and skills for professionally entering the field as artists or curators. Through their course of study, the students will meet and become part of the network of professional artists, critics, curators and thinkers who are currently involved in the fields of art and curatorial practice.

Critical Philosophy

Programmer Levi Bryant

The New Centre’s Critical Philosophy Program is devoted to developing philosophy adequate to the problems and questions posed by the 21st century. The rise of the Anthropocene, which threatens global catastrophe, developments in physics, neurology, and biology, transformations in global capitalism and the way in which the military, media, and economic systems are now intertwined and exceed the boundaries of nation-states have all generated new conceptual challenges for philosophy. These transformations have posed a set of questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, and ethics that cannot fully be addressed by the resources of traditional philosophy alone and require new philosophical concepts. Students in the Critical Philosophy Program will attend seminars in critical contemporary philosophy seldom taught in university graduate programs. In addition, students will take seminars devoted to the history of philosophy and how that history might be appropriated in terms of the present and future conditions. Above all, students will be encouraged to develop research projects of their own devoted to thinking ontology, epistemology, and ethics within the frame of the contemporary.

Social & Political Thought

Programmer Jason Adams

The New Centre’s Social & Political Thought Program is designed to intensify students’ capacities for comprehending and disturbing power relations as they exist today, in the increasingly undemocratic, markedly unequal, globalized world of the early 21st century. The seminars proceed by way of juxtaposition, generating divergent readings of the classic texts of political theory through a historically-informed and future-oriented encounter with more recent social & political thinking. The Social & Political Thought Program is distinguished however, not only in its synthesis of genres, but also in its affirmation of practice: mobilizing both classic and contemporary political thinking to question dominant assumptions about contemporary events in all of their legal, rhetorical, technological, aesthetic, economic and spatio-temporal ramifications. Just as the old is brought into a nexus with the new, so too is theory brought together with practice. And while the conventional liberal and communitarian, radical and critical threads of social and political thought are engaged throughout the coursework, the program emphasizes breadth of understanding across tendencies, as much as depth of fluency in any one tendency.

Media & Technology

Programmer Olivia Lucca Fraser

If, following a roughly dialectical bent, we take concepts to be what mediates and modulates our relation to the world -- the circuits of communication and control in which we find ourselves -- then 'media' and 'technology' are names for the concept's material existence. They are the forms of our efferent alienation from the world we inherit, both the paths of the world's past and future humanization, and the relentless volatilization of our present humanity. It is this material existence of the concept that our programme aims to investigate. Though the horizon of our research is certainly universal or global in its scope, our seminars will each be grounded in particular case studies of technological mediation, ranging from cryptocurrency to mathematical formalisms, pornography to AI, sound art to cyberfeminism. Neither purely reflective nor purely technical, the majority of our seminars will seek to combine theory and practice, many aiming to train the students not only to theorize about this or that techno-aesthetic assemblage, but to tinker with it, build it, exploit it, and adapt it for themselves. This may involve learning how to construct a diagonal proof in logic, programme a machine learning algorithm, or code digital soundscapes on the fly, to invoke just a few upcoming seminars.

Transdisciplinary Research & Practice

Programmer Tony Yanick

The New Centre’s Transdisciplinary Research & Practice Program aims to explore the interfaces between the arts, sciences, and vernacular knowledge by engaging with strategies that capture complexity, cultivate new ecologies of knowledge, and affect individual and collective transformations. This program offers theoretical and practical support to enhance and realize issue-based transdisciplinary projects unrestricted by the constraints of any one discipline. The program provides support and access to resources and community, offering seminars that cannot fit into a discipline-specific program, but are at once between, across, and beyond all disciplines. This program is ideal for those interested in research across specializations and professions; including graduate students designing theses and dissertations and undergraduates seeking to enhance their skills in research methods, qualitative research, interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary / transdisciplinary approaches from a range of perspectives, and arts-based or community-based researchers.

Seasonal Intensives

The New Centre for Research & Practice is excited to announce a new initiative called Seasonal Intensives. Enrolees in our Seasonal Intensives are distinct from our Certificate Students in that they receive intensive participation in five credits —fifty hours— worth of seminars. Seasonal Intensive are designed for those want to go beyond registering in a single seminar but without committing to one of our year-long Certificate Programs. Those enrolled in Seasonal Intensives are eligible to roll over their credits into a Certificate Program, at any point along the way, or afterward up to 12 months from the starting of their study with their credits and payments counted towards the total cost of the Certificate.

For more information please contact the Student Services.


As of September 2017, The New Centre will offer one-on-one Consultation sessions with its Instructors for the purpose of tutoring and academic advice. Our Researchers and Members can book these tutoring sessions with our available Instructors in order to discuss questions and topics of interest that relate to their area of research. In addition, our Organizers and faculty are also available to provide academic advice, helping our Researchers and Members in articulating or achieving their career goals. These Tutoring and academic advice consultations can be booked for 160 USD per hour. Our Certificate Students receive two hours of free Consultation as part of their requirements.

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