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Office of Student Affairs

COVID-19 Resources


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A Welcome Message from Laila Maher

Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs


The Office of Student Affairs provides a wide range of services. In addition to guiding new students through the process of transitioning to the School of the Arts, we plan the School-wide orientation, graduation ceremony, and many events and panels in between. We assist students with registration, billing, and co-curricular requirements and activities. We support student groups and manage student events and activities, and we help students navigate many of the central offices across the University, including Health Services (which houses the Office of Disability Services, Insurance, Immunization, and Counseling and Psychological Services), Career Services, Housing, Public Safety, University Life, the International Students and Scholars Office, and the Registrars Office. Our office also helps to uphold many of the School and University-wide policies and we manage the School’s disciplinary procedures.


The Artists’ Resource Center (ARC), also part of our Office, is a portal containing specially curated funding opportunities and career resources for students and alumni at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Available exclusively to School of the Arts students and alumni, the ARC is host to a database of more than 1,100 grants, scholarships, residencies, and other funding opportunities for artists. The ARC also contains resources for professional artists, from financial and legal services to grantwriting tips and information about joining guilds and unions.


After graduation, the Office of Alumni Affairs provides more than 7000 alumni artists, creators, and leaders with meaningful opportunities to stay connected with the School of the Arts, the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), and one another through alumni programming, benefits, a monthly newsletter, and collaborations with CAA Arts Access.

We are also the best place to go when you’re not sure what to do or whom to ask your question. Ultimately, the most important thing we do is support and advocate for our students during their time at the School and into their lives as alumni.

Student News


Film Student Cecilia Otero Named 2021 Film Independent Producing Lab Fellow

Film Student Cecilia Otero Named 2021 Film Independent Producing Lab Fellow

November 22, 2021

The 2021 Producing Lab is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Students Publish ‘Songcraft,’ a Global Anthology of Songwriting

Students Publish ‘Songcraft,’ a Global Anthology of Songwriting

October 7, 2021

Undergraduate Writing students Esther Ollivier and Maximiliam Patel recently published Songcraft, a virtual anthology featuring musicians from around the world.

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Sound Arts
Sound Art Students Collaborate in ‘Sensory Meridian’ Exhibit by Mentor Michael Joo
Sound Art Students Collaborate in ‘Sensory Meridian’ Exhibit by Mentor Michael Joo February 1, 2021

Sounds Art students Yixuan Shao and Avishag Cohen Rodrigues collaborate on Visual Arts Mentor Michael Joo’s Sensory Meridian in Chicago, Illinois. 

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