At Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, studying art means understanding its social, political, and historical contexts. In this video, get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of From the Fire, a musical commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that demonstrates the power of innovative, urgent theater.
Lang's unique curriculum aims to bridge the gaps among the various arts. While students explore their own discipline within each individual program in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Studies (as well as the independently designed Arts in Context program), they are also required to take integrative classes (including one on aesthetics) to collaborate with each other across these concentrations.
Lang’s New York location offers unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates studying the arts. The city provides a wealth of cultural resources of all kinds: theater and dance performances, opera and classical music concerts, jazz and popular music events, commercial and avant-garde cinema, world-class museums and cutting-edge art galleries, lectures and literary readings. Students can take advantage of these resources through out-and-about courses such as "Arts in NYC" or "Lang at the Guggenheim." They also rehearse and perform at venues such as New York Live Arts and La MaMa Experimental Theater. Many Arts majors are engage with the art world throughout the city as interns, gallery assistants, reviewers, DJs, and club promoters.
Arts faculty members bring to the classroom their own experience and expertise as innovative artists, musicians, actors/directors, and scholars. They are regularly involved in exhibitions and performances in New York, nationally, and internationally. Faculty often collaborate with each other to create integrative courses and events. Each year Lang invites distinguished Visiting Artists and guest presenters to work with students through master classes, workshops, and public presentations.
With its tradition of innovation in the arts from Martha Graham to John Cage, The New School today provides a wide range of arts courses to Lang students. Mannes is the university’s classical music conservatory with an Extension Division where students can take additional music courses and private lessons. The Jazz and Contemporary Music program presents numerous concerts both on campus and in the city. Parsons offers courses, exhibitions, and lectures in the visual arts, while the New School’s Drama program presents theater performances. There are numerous shared courses in these divisions for Lang students each semester. There is also the five-year BA/BFA program whereby students combine a BA degree from Lang with a BFA from Parsons or the Jazz and Contemporary Music program.
After graduation many students pursue advanced study in their fields and go on to careers in professional ensembles and companies, arts foundations, or publishing firms. With a strong liberal arts background, Arts graduates have enhanced their potential for rewarding careers as creative, articulate, and informed individuals.