Visual Arts + Sound Art

MFA Degree

The Visual Arts + Sound Art Program offers students many opportunities to expand the depth and complexity of their studio practice as well as their ability to think critically in the context of contemporary art theory. To that end, students have regular studio visits with faculty as well as invited guest artists and critics who offer critical insight into both the form and underlying ideas of students’ work.

Students are also encouraged to take electives in the Writing, Theatre and Film programs of the School of the Arts; and in art history, architecture, philosophy and other areas of study throughout Columbia University. These electives ensure that students develop a broad base of art history and theory upon which they can build a solid and provocative studio practice.

Floating World (72 x 96 in, oil and collage on canvas, 2021) by Ian Decker
Visual Arts

The MFA degree in Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary two-year studio program, allowing students to pursue moving image, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and expanded practice.

>19980 (3’30”, 2­channel video projection with stereo sound, 2018) by mengtai zhang
Sound Art

An interdepartmental program in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center that leads to an MFA degree in Visual Arts.

Fall 2024 Admissions Deadlines

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