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.


Professor Sanford Biggers Opens Two New Exhibitions
updated October 2016

School of the Arts Visual Arts Associate Professor Sanford Biggers has two new solo shows on this fall, in Detroit and Connecticut.

Student Jillian Walker Brings Interdisciplinarity to the Bushwick Starr with SKINFOLK
updated October 2016

Dramaturgy student Jillian Walker (’17) shared her play SKiNFoLK at the Bushwick Starr on Oct. 24 as part of the Starr Reading Series.

Tom Roma Publishes Five New Books, Four By SOA Grads
updated October 2016

SPQR Editions announces its book launch of five photography monographs with School of the Arts Professor of Visual Arts Thomas Roma as publisher.

Columbia Artists Featured at Okayama Art Summit
updated October 2016

Columbia University’s School of the Arts Visual Arts professor Rirkrit Tiravanija, along with former Mellon Visiting Artist Joan Jonas and recent alum Rachel Rose, are participating in Japan’s first Okayama Art Summit.

Student Spotlight: Allison Janae Hamilton
updated October 2016

The Student Spotlight series aims to highlight the work of current MFA students, asking them to share thoughts on their practice by answering curated and peer-submitted questions.
Allison Janae Hamilton is a first-year student in the Visual Arts Program.
Sze Professor Sarah Sze Exhibits New Work at Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum
updated October 2016

School of the Arts alumna and Professor of Visual Arts Sarah Sze '97 has new work on view at Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum in Waltham, MA. The two site-specific installations that comprise the exhibition – Timekeeper and Blue Wall Mounting – will be on view through December 11, 2016.

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...
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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.