Summer Arts at the School of the Arts

Each summer, the School of the Arts welcomes students of all ages and levels of artistic experience to Columbia’s campus in New York City and to Columbia's Global Centers around the world. Summer arts courses are created and taught by School of the Arts graduate faculty, as well as by guest artists who are leaders in their fields. Check out the full list of 2016 offerings in the list at the right of your screen—and join us for another memorable summer of art and creation in the world's artistic and cultural capitals. 
Admissions to Summer Arts at the School of the Arts is open to all who want to study with us. The application is fast and easy and neither a transcript nor a BA is required.

Applications are currently live. There is no deadline for most standard courses. The priority deadline for applications to the Television Writing and Painting Intensives (which require submission of a portfolio) has passed, but extended admissions are still open.
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Comments from Past Summer Students
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Our instructor brought a magic to the classroom. His knowledge of poetry, both conventional and contemporary, his gift for finding the value in every student's work, his ability to find ways to further improve upon this value, were incomparable.
–Advanced Poetry Workshop, 2015


I learned not to fear colors. Not only that, I learned to love them deeply. Before I would only draw with pencil or in black and white, but after this course my medium needs color in it. It has changed how I view the world – every day is more interesting now that it is bursting with color.

–Introduction to Painting, 2015

During the six weeks when I took this course, the quality of my writing has improved significantly. The workshops every class were essential in improving each piece and the diverse group of students was very helpful too. The instructor does a wonderful job teaching writing from both a micro and macro level. 

–Nonfiction Writing Workshop, 2014
I wish we could do the Thursday night Writers' Room event every week for the rest of our lives!
–TV Writing Intensive, 2014

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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.