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

For its 2019-2020 season, La Jolla Playhouse will present the world premiere of The Coast Starlight

Directing alumna Nana Dakin '18 assisted tony-nominated director and Adjunct Assistant Professor, 

Visual Arts alumnus Cy Gavin ‘16 is currently in exhibition at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

Those Who Whistle After Dark, a feature project written by alumna Pinar Yorgancioglu '16 and produced by alumna Sarah Seulki Oh '15, was selected f

Hierophany, written and directed by alumnus Kevin Contento '18 and assistant directed by alumnus Daniel Pfeffer '

The Question Authority, a timely novel that tackles abuse and the #MeToo movement, written by film alumna Rachel Cline ’87 drops April 18, 2019.

Cancion Sin Nombre (Song Without a Name), a feature directed by alumna Melina León '08, was acquired by Luxbox.

Mikhaela Mahony's third-year directing thesis As You Like It premieres next month at The Lenfest Center for the Arts. 

Last night at the 91st Academy Awards, the film Green Boo

The 2019 Oscar nominations are out, and this year several recognize Columbia alumni.