November 2, 2022

Visual Arts & Sound Art MFA applications and open studios

Columbia University School of the Arts

Courtesy of Char Jeré and Cal Siegel.

Courtesy of Christopher Michel Torres, Li Wang, Merry Sun, Paul Rho, Vivian Vivas, Ray Barsante, Vivian Vivas, Motohiro Takeda, and Alison Nguyen.

Courtesy of Anna Ting Möller and Calvin Kim.

Courtesy of Motohiro Takeda, Kevin Cobb, Alison Nguyen, Conor Dowdle, Albert Samreth, Jairo Sosa, Levi Nelson, Paul Rho, and (Birdwoman) Meaghan Elyse Lueck.

Courtesy of Levi Nelson, (Birdwoman) Meaghan Elyse Lueck, Elisheva Gavra, Paul Rho, Christopher Michel Torres, and Cecilia Caldiera.

Courtesy of Sang Lee and Robbie Rogers.

Courtesy of Alison Nguyen, Conor Dowdle, Jairo Sosa, and Albert Samreth.

Courtesy of Albert Samreth, Jairo Sosa, Garrett Ball, and Levi Nelson.

Applications are now being accepted for the MFA Visual Arts and Sound Art Programs at Columbia University School of the Arts.

The Visual Arts Program is interdisciplinary and offers an MFA degree in Visual Arts rather than in one specific medium. The two-year studio program, taught by internationally celebrated artists, allows students to pursue expanded practice | sculpture, moving image, painting, photography, and printmaking.

The MFA Sound Art Program, offered in association with the Visual Arts MFA Program, the Department of Music, and the Computer Music Center, allows students the opportunity to pursue creative work in a variety of genres and focus on the integration of sound with other media.

Register for an upcoming information session to meet with the Chair, faculty, and department staff.

Sound Art information session (online): Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 7pm ET. RSVP here.
Visual Arts information session (hybrid): Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 11am ET. RSVP here.
Open studios: Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 2–5 PM ET. Location: Prentis Hall, 632 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027.

The School of the Arts’ Visual Arts program presents MFA Open Studios on Sunday, November 13, 2022 following the Visual Arts Information Session. Featuring the Class of 2023, get a preview of the upcoming thesis exhibition, view works in progress, and meet the artists.

Free and open to the public. All guests entering the building must show proof of vaccination. More details.

Class of 2023 sound artists: Gladstone Butler, Char Jeré, and Merry Sun.

Class of 2023 visual artists: Garrett Ball, Ray Barsante, Cecilia Caldiera, Kevin Cobb, Conor Dowdle, Nick Farhi, Elisheva Gavra, Jeffrey Halstead, Calvin Kim, Sangmin Lee, Kat Lowish, Meaghan Elyse Lueck, Anna Ting Möller, Amadeo Morelos Favela, Levi Nelson, Alison Nguyen, Paul Rho, Robbie Rogers, Albert Samreth, Cal Siegel, Jairo Sosa, Motohiro Takeda, Christopher Michel Torres, Vivian Vivas, Li Wang, Ming Wang, and Shuai Yang.

Sound Art faculty: Jace Clayton (Interim Director), Seth Cluett (Assistant Director), Ciarán Finalyson, Jules Gimbrone, Brad Garton, Ben Holtzman, Miya Masaoka (on leave 2022–23), Dave Sulzer.

Sound Art mentors: James Hoff, Katherine Liberovskaya, Sara Magenheimer, Nour Mobarak, Phill Niblock, Marina Rosenfeld, Julianne Swartz, C. Spencer Yeh.

Visual Arts faculty: Gregory Amenoff, Matthew Buckingham, Jace Clayton, David Antonio Cruz, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Jon Kessler, Nicola López (Chair), Miya Masaoka (on leave 2022–23), Naeem Mohaiemen, João Pina (jointly with the Departments of History, and Classics), Shelly Silver, Sable Elyse Smith, Sarah Sze, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tomas Vu-Daniel.

Visual Arts mentors: Linda Bryant, Rochelle Feinstein, David Humphrey, Michael Joo, Ralph Lemon, Matthew Ritchie, Rona Yefman, Saya Woolfalk, Valerie Hammond / Craig Zammiello.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office at soaadmissions [​at​] with any questions. For application requirements and to apply online, visit Visual Arts application requirements and Sound Art application requirements.

About Columbia University School of the Arts
Columbia University School of the Arts awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing and the Master of Arts degree in Film and Media Studies; it also offers an interdisciplinary program in Sound Art. The School is a thriving, diverse community of talented, visionary, and committed artists from around the world and a faculty comprised of acclaimed and internationally renowned artists, film and theatre directors, writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, playwrights, producers, critics, and scholars.

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