School of the Arts

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School of the Arts
Established 1948
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Dean Carol Becker
Degrees MFA
Enrollment 780 students (2005)

The School of the Arts (SoA) is Columbia's fine arts school.


It was founded in 1948 and is primarily housed in Dodge Hall with additional studio space in Prentis Hall on 125th Street.

Finding space for the school has long been an issue; the performing arts component was slated to move to the Lincoln Center area in the early 2000s, and a new School of the Arts Building was once planned as a major expansion of Prentis. Currently, the school is slated to be among the first to move to new quarters - specifically, a building nicknamed "The Lantern" - at the center of the new Manhattanville campus.


The School of the Arts has four internal "divisions", but these are not part of the university-wide designations. The four divisions, of which there is an MFA degree available for each, are as follows:

Columbia University Schools
Architecture, Planning and PreservationArtsArts and Sciences (Graduate School)BusinessColumbia CollegeDentistryContinuing EducationEngineeringGeneral StudiesInternational and Public AffairsJournalismLawMedicineNursingPublic HealthSocial Work
Affiliated Institutions
BarnardJewish Theological SeminaryTeachers CollegeUnion Theological Seminary
Defunct Schools
PharmacyLibrary Service