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

Entering into the world of Visual Arts alumna Julia Phillips ’15 is like entering into a dream: nothing is certain, everything doubles, even triple

Second year Dramaturgy student, Cami Rose Hancock, is working as a dramaturg for New York City Center’s upcoming Annual Gala Presentation of Pa

Film Program alumna Ida Yazdi ’22 has been selected to join the 2022-23 class of the NBC TV Writers Program.

Friend of the Pod, a new novella from Associate Professor Sam Lipsyte, is out now from Picture Books, an imprint dedicated to publishing f

Playwriting alumnus Harrison David Rivers ’09, alongside Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons, workshopped the new musical, Five Points, at Dis

Joseph Liatela ’22  presents Nothing Under Heaven at The Montclair State University Galleries this fall, marking his first solo museum sho

The Confessions of Matthew Strong, a work of historical fiction by alumnus Ousmane K.

Your Own Personal Exegesis, a new play by Playwriting alumna Julia May Jonas ’12, will have its world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Claire

Playwriting alumnus Sam Grabiner ’21is the recipient of the Verity Bargate Award for 2022.

Sprinting Through No Man’s Land, the debut work from narrative nonfiction alumnusAdin Dobkin ’20, has been named among t

Professor Lien-Hang Nyugen ensures the accuracy of The Greatest Beer Run Ever, directed by School of the Arts alumnus Peter Farrel

Six Film alumnae and their feature length narrative projects have been chosen to participate in Cine Qua Non’s Script Revision and Storylines Labs.