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

Visual Arts alumna Kelsey Shwetz ’22 creates paintings that are hyper realistic and full of tenderness, which is entirely fitting for A Lamp is

The 31st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival is happening now through October 15, 2023, and several Columbia filmmakers are screening their

Theatre Management & Producing student David O'Brien is co-producer of the new musical Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors a

On Sunday, October 1, 2023, Visual Arts alumna Linnéa Gad ’22 will present and perform a new multi-disciplinary work created as part of the Immigra

Writing alum Orla Tinsley ’20 has received an honorary Doctorate of Literature from The University College of Dublin for their achievements in writ

Prescription for Pain, a debut true crime book by Philip Eil ’11 will be published in April 2024 by Steerforth Press. 

Mikhaela Mahony ’19 is the director of the New York premiere of Redwood, premiering in October at Off-Broadway’s Ensemble Studio Theatre.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the winners and finalists of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program, and several Columb

Writing alumnus Cyrée Jarelle Johnson ’19 has been awarded the prestigious James Laughlin Award for his second poetry collection, Watchnight

Writing Alumna Jenessa Abrams ’17 (SPS ’19)has been awarded a prestigious National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellowshi

The Last Out, co-directed by Sami Khan ’09, has won the Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economics Documentary.

New York City’s Prelude Festival is celebrating its 20th year—and Columbia-trained theatre artists are at the helm.