Summer and Global Programs

Each summer, Columbia University School of the Arts welcomes more than 300 students to work with internationally renowned artists and arts scholars on Columbia’s campus in New York City and at Columbia's Global Centers around the world. Developed by our own graduate faculty in the School of the Arts Film, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing MFA Programs, School of the Arts summer arts courses are designed to engage and appeal to individuals at all levels of artistic experience, from beginning to professional artists.

Faculty from the School of the Arts graduate Film Program have prepared an exciting lineup of courses for Summer 2014, highlighted by a suite of film writing programs, including the Television Writing Intensive, Fiction to Film: The Art of Adaptation, Writing and Producing Webisodes, Finishing Your Feature: Completing the Three-Act Screenplay, and Writing Children’s Television; as well as exciting new offerings in cinema studies, including Cinema and New York City and The New Hollywood: 1967-1980. We will also offer Discovering French Cinema in Paris, a month-long immersion with Film Professor Richard Peña.

The School of the Arts graduate Writing Program faculty have designed another summer of inspiring courses for 2014, including How to Write Funny, Travel Writing, Young Adult Novel, Short Prose Forms, More Than Memoir, and Writing and Illustrating Children's Books. We also offer multiple workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry throughout the summer.

The School of the Arts graduate Visual Arts Program offers three summer intensives in Advanced Painting, Advanced Printmaking, and Advanced Photography. Visual Arts also offers a line up of introductory drawing, painting, and photography courses, as well as Plein Air Painting and Printmaking: Silkscreen.

Faculty of the School of the Arts graduate Theatre Program have developed three new summer workshops: Acting Shakespeare; Creating a Play; and Screen to Stage. The Theatre Program will also be offering the New York Theatre Event: Off and Off-Off Broadway, providing students the rare chance study the creation of theatre in NYC, the heart of theatre in America.

Comments from Past Summer Students:

The Advanced Printmaking Intensive was a once in a lifetime opportunity. A combination of an immersive summer camp and printmaking boot camp, the intensive allowed me to explore all aspects of the print medium in a supportive, engaging environment and then focus that energy on my interests. The resources and instructors that were available to us are unparalleled in their depth and knowledge.
Advanced Printmaking Intensive, 2013

The Advanced Photography Intensive was fantastic. It's the ideal way for a mature student and a photographer in any level to intensively workshop their photography. One of the selling points of the course is that you make your own program out of it—you can focus on whatever you want.
Advanced Photography Intensive, 2013
The program has promoted immense personal growth. I’ve found all my interaction with Columbia staff extraordinarily validating and I leave both challenged and encouraged to press on in my personal practice. Additionally, I feel 1000% more prepared to apply to grad school.
Advanced Painting Intensive, 2013

I learned that there are many, many entry points to writing, and to express my creative ideas with unwavering conviction.
Poetry Workshop, 2013

The course allowed me to explore the many different ways humor can affect a story. It also taught me how to incorporate humor into a story. It opened my eyes to works that I never would have considered in the past.
How to Write Funny, 2013
The instructor was funny, helpful, very well read, adaptable to our classes needs/pace, and totally brilliant. One of the best Professors I have ever had.
How to Write Funny, 2013

Professor Weinstock - his professional experience and enthusiasm about film in general are contagious and drivers for the course
Topics in American Cinema: Comedy, 2013
[Guy Gallo] is an extremely knowledgable teacher, open feedback and discussion, very supportive and challenging.
Adaptation, 2013

This class was REMARKABLE. There was no room for any improvements. If anything were changed about Professor Kim's syllabus, it would be a shame. I learned so much and was very inspired. The choices of the films, the readings, and the lectures were all incredible. 
Introduction to Study & Theory of Film, 2012

The most important thing I learned in this course was a non-restrictive definition of what documentary can be. I also received a comprehensive view of independent and Hollywood-style filmmaking, and a greater appreciation for the art of cinematography. I loved this class!
Topics in American Film Cinema, 2012

I learned to identify and understand the various elements that make good poems...I learned how to embrace the struggle of the revision process and how to discus poetry in a productive way. I learned about my own poetic voice. I learned not to be afraid of poetry.
Poetry Workshop, 2012

I wish we could do the Thursday night Writers' Room event every week for the rest of our lives!
TV Writing Intensive 2012

I learned more in my two weeks of More Than Memoir than I've learned in my four years as a writing and literature major.
More than Memoir, Summer 2011

This course has changed the way I see theatre and has helped me to make cultural comparisons in the arts – something that is already enriching my approach to playwriting.
Contemporary French Theatre & Performance in Paris, 2010
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.