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

Several Columbia filmmakers reunited to work on The Wandering Earth II (dir.

Film alumna Aisha Porter-Christie '13 has signed with Creative Artist Agency (CCA) for representation.

Directing student Liz Peterson has been awarded one of University Life’s Social Justice Mini-Grants for 2022-2023.

Film alumnus Donovan Tolledo ’22 has been named one of thirty Project Involve Fellows as part of Film Independent’s Artistic programs.

The swailing, a debut poetry collection from alumnus Patrick James Errington ’15, will be released this spring from McGill-Queen's Univers

Sound Art alumna Lauren Covey ’21 has recently been named an Associated Artist by Culture Push, where she will receive fiscal, institutional and cr

Kate Saccone ’13, an alumna of the Film and Media Studies Program, was invited to curate a program of films titled New Beginnings as part of the Ne

Tiffani Swalley presents Medea for The School of the Arts's fifth directing thesis production this year.

Theatre Management & Producing student Talia Escobedo has been awarded a Cody Renard Richard Scholarship.

Three Columbia alumni have collaborated on a highly anticipated new film from A24 and AppleTV titled

Visual Arts students Kevin Cobb and Nick Farhi, and alumnus Elzie Williams III '22, are particip