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


Columbia Directing alumnus Keenan Tyler Oliphant ’20 will direct Ebru Nihan Celkan’s play, Will You Come With Me? 

Alumna Nancy Cohen ‘84 is featured in a show at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

Mabrook (Congratulations), a short film written, directed and produced by alumnus Asad Farooqui '19, won the Georgia Film Critics

Update: The Lost Daughter, a feature film written and directed by alumna Maggie Gyllenhaal '99 (CC), was the big winner at the 2022 Indepe

Jacob Sexton directs Indian Summer by Gregory S. Moss.

Second-year Playwriting student, Deandre C. Short ’23 has signed on as the assistant director for Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Confederates.

Alumna Yuri Yuan ‘21 was recently announced as a recipient of her second gr

The Bronx Museum presents 

Alumna Chloe Sarbib ’20 has been awarded the Jury Award for her short film, Jensen, in the Women’s Category at the 2022 DGA Student Film Awards.

Alumna Silka Luisa ‘11 is the showrunner for the forthcoming Apple TV+ original series, Shining Girls.

No Emoji for Ennui, a group show featuring the work of current student Alison N