Student & Alumni Affairs

A Welcome Message from Laila Maher

Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs

Now more than ever it is crucial for artists to be supported as they pursue their craft. The life of an artist as well as that of a student involves much more than the classroom and the work itself, and this is where the Office of Student Affairs comes in. In addition to guiding new students through the process of transitioning to the School of the Arts, we plan the School-wide orientation, School of the Arts Convocation, and support student groups, events, and activities. 

We also play a critical role in connecting School of the Arts students to the larger university and necessary services, and help students navigate many of the central offices including Health Services (which houses the Office of Disability Services, Insurance, Immunization, and Counseling and Psychological Services), Columbia Residential, Public Safety, University Life, the International Students and Scholars Office, and the Registrar's 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, also part of our Office, maintains information on funding opportunities and career resources for students and alumni at the Columbia University School of the Arts, and provides consultations to students and alumni to help them look for professional development opportunities and more.

After graduation, the Office of Alumni Affairs provides more than 7000 alumni artists, creators, and leaders with 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.

Our ultimate goal is to support our students and alums while they pursue their education as valued members of our dynamic community and as they navigate their time after graduation.

Student & Alumni News

Darling, directed and co-written by current student Saim Sadiq, co-written by current student Rodney Llaverias

The Alumni Spotlight is a place to hear from the School of the Arts alumni community about their journeys as artists and creators.

Poetry alumnus Adam O. Davis '06 is a 2019 winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, presented by Sarbande Books.

At the Jerusalem Film Festival, House of Hummingbird, written and directed by alumna Bora Kim ‘11, won the prize for best first feature in the Inte

Acting alumnae Folami Williams '16 and Emily Murphy '17 are set to join the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The Black List and Women In Film, Los Angeles announced the participants in their 2019 Feature Residency program as well as their Annual Feature La

Current students Henry AnkerPatrick BaylySusan M B ChenYifan Jiang

Visual arts alum N. Dash '10 has a solo show on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The 76th Venice International Film Festival, which is the oldest film festival in the world

Columbia School of the Arts faculty and alumni were recently named NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program Recipients and Finalists by the New York Fo