International Arts in Context

Lang College at the American University in Paris (AUP)

Within the arts, the cultural connection between Paris and New York has been profound and abiding for most of the twentieth century, if not earlier, and remains so to this day. Indeed, the history of dance, music, theater and visualstudies (whether painting, sculpture or more modern media such as photography, film and video) is simply unimaginable without the constant interchange of ideas between these two cities. In the twenty-first century, this powerful nexus of urban life and artistic practice continues to develop in newly emerging urban centers throughout the world.

The "International Arts: Arts in Context:" concentration, situated within the Eugene Lang College arts major, examines this dynamic through an exchange program with the American University in Paris. Each student designs an individual program of study, dividing his or her time equally between exploring an artistic discipline (such as dance, music, theater or visual studies) and a humanistic area of study (such as philosophy, history, culture and media, or global studies), and each program highlights the artistic and intellectual affinities between the two cities, as well as emerging developments in other global centers.

Program requirements

  1. Each student writes a proposal, developed in consultation with a faculty advisor, outlining his or her course of study and subject to approval by the chair.
  2. Each program must include a minimum of one semester of study abroad in Paris, enrolling in a least three approved courses at the partner institution; if spending two semesters abroad, the student must enroll in at least six courses pertinent to this concentration.
  3. The normal arts major requirements for Arts in Context concentrators apply: five arts courses, five humanities courses,one integrative (LINA) course, Aesthetics,plus senior work, for a total of 13 courses.
  4. The core courses at AUP ("The World, the Text and the Critic") may be used to substitute for the integrative LINA class.
  5. Each student's senior work must reflect a global component and may result in the production of a creative portfolio, a scholarly essay or some other form of senior work; designed in consultation with a faculty advisor, it is subject to approval by the chair.
  6. Proficiency in French is strongly urged, although not required, for all concentrators, whether they are planning to spend one or two semesters in Paris.

As part of this exchange program, AUP students at Lang have access to the arts department's large number of electives, most of which explore New York City as part of their subject matter; classes regularly attend concerts, visit galleries and alternative performance venues. AUP students interested in the studio or performing arts can take courses throughout the Lang and New School arts curriculum, as well as participated in performance or workshop opportunities throughout the semester. Most Lang arts classes are open to students without prior experience; students at any level may enroll in acting, playwriting, drawing, painting, dance and music classes taught by professional artists, many of whom live in New York and work throughout the world. Students interested in the visual arts can take selected classes at Parsons the New School for Design, while those drawn to music can explore offerings in the Jazz Program or Mannes.

All students may participate in mainstage theater productions, the Skybridge student art gallery, or Lang Out and About courses that send students to arts and media performance events and venues throughout the city. The Arts Concentration also offers regular partnerships with institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Rubin Museum of Himalayan and Tibetan Art, Judson Dance Theater, 92nd Street Y, Dance Theater Workshop and LaMama, among others. The IHAD (I Have A Dream) Program also offers students an opportunity to teach theater and dance in elementary schools within the metropolitan area. In addition, the arts department hosts an Artist in Residence each semester (rotating among music, theater, dance, and visual arts) who conducts workshops designed expressly for Lang students.

The Lang Arts concentration also highlights interdisciplinary connections among the arts, including the emerging field of technology and performance, and students are encouraged to explore interests in these cutting-edge areas as well.

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