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

Film alumna Ida Yazdi ‘22 has been selected as a finalist from a pool of over 500 applicants to participate in the STARZ TaketheLead Writers Intens

I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a new memoir by alumna Lynn Melni

Playwriting alumna Gethsemane Herron ’19 received a Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting last month. The prestigious award, which includes a prize o

Alumnus Shayok Misha Chowdhury '16and fifth-year Directing student Hazel McKibbin have been named honoraria recipients of the est

This year, alumna Daria Polatin ’07 logs an accomplishment many writers only dream of: adapting her own novel for the screen as the creator and sho

Columbia faculty and alumni are among the nominees for the 2022 News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Tribeca has announced the Audience Award winners for their 2022 festival, naming Our Father, The Devil, by Ellie Foumbi '

The winners of the 2022 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers were announced this month, among them alumnus Patrick James Errington ’15 as

Update: June 13, 2022 Several projects worked on by Columbia Theatre artists took home prizes at last night's 75th annual Tony Awards Cer

The winners of the 66th annual Drama Desk Awards were announced on June 8, 2022, and several projects from Columbia artists are among the award win

After 11 days of screenings and celebrations, winners of the 75th Festival de Cannes have been announced.

In this series, we have featured the new Columbia mentorship program that connects recent alumni with industry professionals.