Immerse yourself in ideas and see your world in new ways through art. Classes can help you develop new perspectives and become a part of a community of learners unlike any other. In our online courses, you can create artworks alongside artists and look closely at works in MoMA’s collection and exhibitions; on the streets of Midtown, explore the neighborhood with our experts; and dive deep into new concepts and conversations with innovators and visionaries.

Online courses

Explore a variety of perspectives and topics related to modern and contemporary art and design in MoMA’s free, ongoing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. Courses include a wide range of original texts, audio, images, and videos, including studio visits and dynamic conversations with artists, educators, curators, designers, and others; close looks at works in MoMA’s collection; and much more.

Fashion as Design

Fashion as Design focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories and explores their profound impacts—social, cultural, economic, and environmental—on the world. In this course, you’ll hear directly from a range of designers, makers, and historians, and will look closely at what we wear, why we wear it, how it’s made, and what it means.

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In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

Want to know how some of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists made abstract paintings? This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and approaches of seven New York School artists, including Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko.

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Seeing Through Photographs

What is a photograph and how has photography been used throughout history? Seeing Through Photographs explores this fascinating subject through works in MoMA’s collection and wide-ranging conversations with artist and curators that reveal the many different factors that inform the making of a photograph.

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透过摄影看世界 / Seeing Through Photographs (Mandarin)


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Modern Art & Ideas

Using works from MoMA’s expansive collection as a point of departure, this course encourages learners to understand, enjoy, and use modern and contemporary art through four themes: Places & Spaces, Art & Ideas, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society.

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Art & Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom

Learn how to integrate works of art into your classroom using inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

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Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes

This course is designed to help build critical skills that support theme-based teaching practices and build confidence in incorporating modern and contemporary art into interdisciplinary lesson plans.

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Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art

Art & Activity builds upon the inquiry-based approaches of Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom, while delving into activity-based strategies for making your students empowered participants.

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All online courses are offered free of charge.

How do I register?

To register for online courses, select the course above or visit to select and enroll in a course.

How do I know if a class is full?

Online courses have unlimited enrollment and do not fill up.

Can I take a MoMA class for credit?

Online course learners can take the full online course and access all content for free, or they can choose to pay for a certificate of course completion, issued by Coursera.

How do online courses work?

MoMA offers free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. Sessions are ongoing, and you can enroll in a new session of a course at any time. Though you can take the full course and access all content for free, you can also opt to pay for a certificate of course completion, issued by Coursera. Access all of our MOOCs by visiting

How often are online courses offered?

New sessions of each course begin every four weeks, but you can access most course content as soon as you enroll. All MoMA online courses are available on an ongoing basis.

What if I want to move ahead in the online course, or need more time?

You can access course content at your own pace. If you want more time in the course, you can opt to switch to the next session without losing any of your work.

What if I need technical help on an online course?

Please refer to Coursera’s Help Center.

MoMA reserves the right to cancel or withdraw classes, to change class curricula and scheduling, and to withdraw and substitute instructors. If an instructor needs to cancel an individual class, we will notify you via phone or email and that class will be made up at a later date. Students accept full responsibility for personal injury and/or losses suffered during class hours and while on museum premises. MoMA will not release class participants’ personal information to any persons or organizations outside of the Museum without prior written consent.

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Major support for Adult and Academic Programs is provided by the Estate of Susan Sabel.

Generous funding is provided by endowments established by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Walter and Jeanne Thayer, and by the gifts of Alan Kanzer. Additional support is provided by the Annual Education Fund.