Student & Alumni Affairs

Student & Alumni Affairs

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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 & Alumni News

Two projects from Columbia filmmakers took home prizes at the 2022 Gotham Awards.

A new book by Directing alumnus Colin Campbell ’96, called Finding the Words: Working Through Profound Loss with Hope and Purp

Dog on Fire, the nineteenth book (and seventh novel) by Terese Svoboda ’78 will be released in early 2023 from Flyover Fiction, University

2nd Chance is the latest film from acclaimed filmmaker Associate ProfessorRamin Bahrani (CC ’96).

Dramaturgy alumna Diana Fathi ’21 is the adapter and director of A Little Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet at Two River Theater.

Alumnus Ken Kristensen ‘08 has writing credit on Shantaram, a new series which premiered on Apple TV+ on October 28.

Three films by Columbia filmmakers screened at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (also known as PÖFF – Pimedate Ööde FilmiFestival), which ran

Film student Hongwei Wu has been awarded full production funding for her short film, FISHTANK, through the acclaimed Through Her Lens: The

Directing alumnus Michel Hausmann ’14and Miami New Drama were presented the 2022 Thornton Wilder Prize on November 14, 2022 at Ne

14 Columbia visual artists, including three faculty members and eleven alumni, will exhibit work this year at Art Basel Miami Beach, which runs fro

LGBTQ+ film and media organization, NewFest, and Netflix have teamed up and created a new initiative called the New Voices Filmmaker Grant in order

Student Anika Benkov has been named as one of the finalists for the 2022 Sloan Student Prize.