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

Former Adjunct Assistant Professor Cynthia Cruz has won the National Books Critics Circle Award in Poetry for Hotel Oblivion

Upon entering the studio of Visual Arts alumna Ann Gillen ’69, one is immediately amazed by the aura of creative energy suffusing the space.

Theatre Management and Producing alumnus Ryan Bogner ’15 is the lead producer on The Cottage, which will premiere on Broadway this summer.

Film alumnus Brian McAuley ‘13 has written a horror novel titled

Until April 1, 2023, nine pieces by Visual Arts alumna Annette Hur ’19 are on view at Hesse Flatow gallery in New York City.

Film alumna Chantel Clark ’18 has been chosen to participate in the AuthenticA Series Lab, a training program for African episodic screenwriters ho

True Biz (2022), the New York Times bestselling novel from alumna Sara Nović’14, is out now in paperback from R

Magma, written by Þóra Hjörleifsdóttir and translated from the Icelandic by alumna Meg Matich ’15, has been named among the seventy titles

The winners of the 66th Annual Obie Awards, selected from over 400 productions spanning 2020-2022, were announced on February 23, 2023.

Several projects from Columbia filmmakers are headed to the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, which will take place March 10-19, 20

My Flawless Life, the fifth young adult novel from alumna Yvonne Woon ’10 (CC ’06), is out now from Katherine Tegen Books. 

Here, we talk to Fiction student Emily Johnson about the joys of phone banking, grassroots literary readings, and the alchemy of good fiction.