Innovative and Intellectual
Columbia University School of the Arts is an innovative graduate professional school with a tradition of risk-taking, grounded in a deeply intellectual Ivy League university and energized by its location in New York City—one of the great cultural capitals of the world. Aspiring, emerging, or established, Columbia’s filmmakers and film scholars, writers, theatre practitioners, and visual and sound artists grow individually through intensive engagement with their craft and lively, often profound exchanges of ideas and work.
The school is located on Columbia’s Morningside campus in the vibrant Upper West Side of Manhattan, with New York City’s world-renowned museums, Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres, film centers, galleries, cultural foundations, poetry houses, and literary hubs all nearby. The school is also home to Miller Theatre, the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, the Columbia University Arts Initiative, and the Office of Public Programs and Engagement. The University’s 22 libraries and countless research centers and institutes are all also available for students.
Faculty and Alumni with Astonishing Successes
From the Sundance Film Festival to the Venice Biennale, from the cover of the New York Times Book Review to Broadway, from America’s most established regional theaters to Europe and Asia’s renowned film and theatre festivals, the success of the school’s faculty and alumni has never before been as prominent and celebrated.
Members of the faculty have received the highest recognition in their fields, including Academy Awards, Tony Awards, MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, Guggenheim Fellowships, Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
School alumni also claim a record of success, measured not simply by awards and prizes, contracts, and contacts, but by the quality and cultural significance of their artistic achievements.
Degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing
The School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film (screenwriting/directing, creative producing and television writing), Theatre (acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, stage management, and theater management & producing), Visual Arts (digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance art, video art, new genres, and sound arts), and Writing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with a joint concentration available in literary translation). The school offers an MA degree in Film Studies. In addition, the Theatre Program offers a joint JD/MFA with Columbia Law School, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers the PhD degree in Drama and Theatre Arts.
The school also offers summer programs, including master classes, workshops, and credit and non-credit courses in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing. There is an array of international programs in partnership with Columbia Global Centers and Office of Global Programs offered as well.