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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 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 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, and The Lenfest Center 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 art [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 2017, the School enrolled 878 graduate students from 52 countries: 317 in film programs, 156 in theatre programs, 345 in writing programs, 54 in visual arts programs, and six in sound art programs.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) New genres

Degrees Awarded

Master's Degrees 29

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

626
Applied
38
Accepted
27
Enrolled
6%

Applying

110
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th January 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Master's Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation, portfolio, resume
International Students Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

54
Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)
100%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 11.11%
Black or African American 7.41%
White or Caucasian 40%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 12.96%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 5.56%
Unknown 1.85%

Gender

Male (37%)
Female (62%)

Faculty

58
Total faculty
Full-time (11)
Part-time (47)
Male (24)
Female (34)

Location & Contact

Address 2960 Broadway
310 Dodge Hall, MC 1806
New York, NY  10027
United States
Contact Mr. Matthew Buckingham
Chair
Email: visualarts@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-854-4065

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