The Arts

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    Combine rigorous academic studies and research with creative experimentation and practice in the world’s cultural capital. Lang’s major in The Arts (BA, The Arts) lets you focus on one of these concentrations:

    Whatever concentration you choose, you’ll be challenged to think beyond traditional categories and investigate the arts as tools for social change. You’ll study with faculty members who are leading scholars and experienced visual artists, choreographers, musicians, actors, and directors regularly involved in exhibitions and performances in New York and internationally.

    Central to the Arts program is a distinctive set of interdisciplinary courses, the Lang Interarts (LINA) curriculum. The LINA curriculum features discussion-based seminars and practice-based courses that bridge disciplinary boundaries and allow for exploration of the arts from broader conceptual and cultural perspectives.

    The University and New York City

    Lang and New York City provide unmatched opportunities for studying the arts, including

    • “Out-and-about” courses such as Arts in NYC and Lang at the Guggenheim
    • Rehearsals and performances at venues like New York Live Arts and La MaMa Experimental Theater Club
    • Opportunities to gain work experience as an intern, gallery assistant, writer, or club promoter

    The New School offers a vast selection of arts courses to Lang students, including courses at Parsons School of Design, Mannes School of Music Extension Division, the School of Jazz, and School of Drama. A wide range of university minors can help you augment your knowledge and skill set. Distinguished visiting artists and guest presenters engage with students in workshops and public presentations such as the ArtWorks series.

    Career Paths

    After graduation, many Lang students pursue advanced study in their fields and go on to careers in arts criticism, professional ensembles, arts foundations, and publishing. Lang Arts graduates emerge with a strong liberal arts background that enhances their careers and their development as creative, articulate, and informed citizens.