At Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, studying art means understanding its social, political, and historical contexts. This video offers 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, relevant theater.
Lang's unique curriculum is designed to bridge the gaps between the arts. While students explore their own discipline within the individual programs—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 one another.
Lang’s New York location provides unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates studying the arts. The city offers 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 courses taught on site such as Arts in NYC and 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 engaged with the city's arts scene 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 to create integrative courses and events. In addition, Lang invites distinguished visiting artists and guest presenters each year to work with students through master classes, workshops, and public presentations.
Home to such prominent figures as Martha Graham and John Cage, The New School has a long tradition of innovation in the arts. Today the university offers a wide range of arts courses to Lang students. At the Extension Division of Mannes, the university’s classical music conservatory, students can take additional music courses and private lessons. The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music presents numerous concerts, both on campus and in venues around the city. Parsons offers courses, exhibitions, and lectures in the visual arts, and the New School’s Drama program presents theater performances. Numerous shared courses in these divisions are offered to Lang students each semester. Lang students can also enroll in the five-year BA/BFA program, in which they combine a BA degree from Lang with a BFA from Parsons or The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
After graduation, many students pursue advanced study in their fields and go on to careers in professional ensembles and companies, arts foundations, and publishing firms. Completing their studies, Arts graduates have a strong liberal arts background that enhances their potential for rewarding careers and their development as creative, articulate, and informed citizens.
To learn about majors and minors in the arts, visit the curriculum page.