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

Alumnus Kareem Fahmy ’07 and Adjunct Assistant Professor 

The National Book Critics Circle recently announced a list of 30 finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Animation Conversations is an interview series with Film faculty, students, and alumni where we discuss working as screenwriters, directors, and pr

Alumnus Steve Schwartz '73 is one of the producers of All the Old Knives, a new spy thriller starring Ch

2022 marks the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards. Among the nominees are five projects from Columbia alumni.

The Brazilian Filmmakers Collective, co-founded by alumna Moara Passoni '21, launched formally at the Berlin Film Festival's Europ

The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer and is a comedy about “what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family

Mengtai Zhang '19 is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York.

Lemon Guo '18 is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and vocalist from China

Adjunct Professor Robert O’Hara ’96 will direct Richard III for The Public Theatre’s free Shakespeare in the Park series this upcoming sum

Three projects worked on by School of the Arts alumni featured performances that were celebrated at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards.