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Columbia University

School of the Arts

New York , NY

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Overview

Columbia University School of the Arts

Columbia University School of the Arts awards the MFA degree in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing and the Master of Arts degree in Film & Media Studies; it also offers an interdisciplinary program in Sound Art. The School is a thriving, diverse community of talented, visionary, and committed artists from around the world, and a faculty comprised of acclaimed and internationally renowned artists, film and theatre directors, writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, playwrights, producers, critics, and scholars. In 2015, the School marked the 50th Anniversary of its founding. In 2017, the School opened the Lenfest Center for the Arts, a multi-arts venue designed as a hub for the presentation and creation of art across disciplines on the University’s new Manhattanville campus. The Lenfest hosts exhibitions, performances, screenings, symposia, readings, and lectures that present new, global voices and perspectives, as well as an exciting, publicly accessible home for Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.

 

The School 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. The study and practice of art-making at the School is an immersive, constantly evolving process. Aspiring, emerging or established, our filmmakers, writers, theatre practitioners and visual artists grow individually through intensive engagement with their craft and lively, often profound exchanges of ideas and work.

 

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. Alumni also claim a record of astonishing success, measured not simply by awards and prizes, contracts and contacts, but by the quality and cultural significance of their artistic achievements.

 

Today, the School serves nearly 800 Master of Fine Arts students from 57 countries in the Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing programs, and 40 Master of Arts students in Film & Media Studies. The School’s faculty also teaches more than 1,627 undergraduate students in 120 courses offered each year.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Arts (MA)
Juris Doctor/Master of Fine Arts (JD/MFA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 289

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

2,290
Applied
486
Accepted
306
Enrolled
21%

Applying

110
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Undergraduate transcript, 3 letters of recommendation, other requirements vary by field and concentration

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 4
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

877
Total Graduate Students
26%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8.78%
Black or African American 5.82%
White or Caucasian 45%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.34%
Asian 5.93%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4.45%
Unknown 3.31%

Gender

Male (42%)
Female (57%)

Faculty

365
Total faculty
Full-time - 82
Part-time - 283
Male (182)
Female (183)

Location & Contact

Address 2960 Broadway, MC 1808, Dodge Hall 305
New York, NY  10027
United States
Contact Ms. Carol Becker
Dean
Phone: 212-854-9847

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