Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program attracts emerging artists of unusual promise from around the world. They join a vigorous community, working alongside an exceptional faculty at a world-renowned research institution in New York City, the center of the art world. 

Contemporary art has become increasingly interdisciplinary. To that end, the Visual Arts Program offers an MFA degree in Visual Arts rather than in one specific medium. The two-year studio program, taught by internationally celebrated artists, allows students to pursue digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance and video art.


Dean Carol Becker Releases New Memoir
updated September 2016

The book is a personal meditation on loss, end-of-life care and spirituality, centered around Becker’s relationship with her dying mother and her attempts to ensure that the 98-year-old’s final moments are dignified and meaningful.
Matthew Morrocco Awarded 2016 NYFA Fellowship
updated August 2016

Matthew Morrocco ’15 has been awarded a 2016 New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship in photography.

Jessica Segall Wins 2016 Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant
updated July 2016

Jessica Segall ‘10 was recently awarded a 2016 Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant. The Rema Hort Mann Community advocates for emerging artists and individuals suffering from cancer.

Sarah Sze Monograph Released by Phaidon
updated June 2016

Phaidon recently released a monograph on the work of Professor Sarah Sze. The first major book on the celebrated artist, Sarah Sze takes a wide-ranging look at Sze’s site-specific installations...

Three Alumni Open New Brooklyn Gallery
updated June 2016

Dana Lok ’15, Victoria Roth ’14 and August Vollbrecht ’15 participated in In the Mix, the inaugural exhibition at Brooklyn’s new Hometown Gallery.

David Brooks Receives Solo Exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
updated June 2016

Columbia alumnus David Brooks 09’s solo exhibition, Continuous Service Altered Daily, is now on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut until February 2017.

Kambui Olujimi Receives Solo Exhibition at CUE
updated May 2016

Adjunct faculty member Kambui Olujimi ’13 was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation in New York. Solastalgia, which opened April 7 and was extended through May 13...

Patrice Helmar Wins Rasmuson Foundation Grant
updated May 2016

Patrice Aphrodite Helmar has been received a 2016 Project Award from the Rasmuson Foundation. The $7,500 grant will go toward a large-format camera with which Helmar will complete Dirty Old Town, a photographic project documenting the local haunts of Juneau, Alaska, where she was raised.
Edie Falco, Award-Winning Actress from The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, Will Address School of the Arts Graduates at Columbia University
updated May 2016

Edie Falco, the award-winning actress best known for her roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, will be the speaker at the Celebration of Graduates, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

updated April 2016
Visual Arts MFA student Iris Hu ’17 has been awarded a 2016 Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
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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.