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Writing Program School of the Arts Columbia University

  • New York, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 66%34%
    student ratio
  • 382
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 6
    fall application deadline
  • 19%
    acceptance rate
  • 3 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

Columbia University School of the Arts Is 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 our location in New York City -- one of the great cultural capitals of the world. The study and practice of art-making at the school is an immersive, constantly evolving process. Aspiring, emerging, or established, our 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, the Office of Community Outreach for the Arts. The University's 22 libraries and countless research centers and institutes are all also available for students.

Columbia University School of the Arts Boasts 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 amazing success, measured not simply by awards and prizes, contracts and contacts, but by the quality and cultural significance of their artistic achievements.

Columbia's School of the Arts Offers Degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing

The School of the Arts offers M.F.A. degrees in Film (screenwriting/directing and creative producing), 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 [in association with the Department of Music). and Writing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with a joint concentration available in literary translation) and an M.A. degree in film studies. In addition, the Theatre Program offers a joint J.D./M.F.A. with Columbia Law School, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers the Ph.D. 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, and an array of international programs in partnership with Columbia University's Office of Global Centers and Office of Global Programs.

The School of the Arts enrolls full-time students only, except in the M.A. in Film Studies Program, where students can attend part-time. The MFA degree programs require 60 points of completed coursework. Once the 60 points of coursework are completed, each student completes a thesis and/or internships, often under "Research Arts" student status.

See arts.columbia.edu for all specific program requirements and information.

Columbia University School of the Arts Assists Students in Finding Ways to Cover Costs

The School seeks to work with students in arranging to cover costs through fellowships, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Limited University scholarships are awarded by each program based upon a combination of financial need and merit. During the second year, an increased number of paid opportunities for work and/or service become available. The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid helps qualifying students arrange for federal financial aid, working in collaboration with Columbia's Office of Student Financial Planning.

Columbia's School of the Arts Serves a Diverse Population

In Fall 2013, the School enrolled 822 graduate students from 57 countries: 311 in film programs, 166 in theatre programs, 289 in writing programs, and 56 in visual arts programs.


Location & Contact

Writing Program

School of the Arts
Columbia University

2960 Broadway 415 Dodge Hall, MC 1804
New York, NY 10027
United States

Sam Lipsyte

Chair

Director of Admissions

Phone: 212-854-2134
Email: admissions-arts@columbia.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Fiction Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Poetry Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Nonfiction Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 54
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

19% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 643
    • Accepted 125
    • Acceptance Rate 19
    • Enrolled 88
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $120
    • Application Fee - International $120
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 6th January 6th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees3 letters of recommendation, writing sample
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students382
    • Female Percentage66%
    • Male Percentage34%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students382
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown16%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty36
    • Full-time Percentage33%
    • Part-time Percentage67%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%


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