Recent Updates: The New School has released its academic plan for 2020-21 and a phased reopening plan for its New York campus. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • 2020-21 Academic Plan

  • The College of Performing Arts (CoPA) has redesigned its Fall 2020 semester to reflect the needs of the current moment, while continuing to offer an arts education that embraces relevance, reinvents tradition, engages with social issues, and develops vital skills for a rapidly changing world.

    Our world-class faculty have redesigned curricula to take the innovative remote work that emerged in spring and expand on that foundation to offer a flexible approach to your education that will ensure meaningful learning, performing, and making can take place within the challenging constraints of this moment.

    The future of performing arts will be shaped by those who experiment and push the boundaries during this new period of time. We want our students to be at the forefront of those conversations and movements, and be the change-makers of the performing arts industry. 

    Key Features

    • In alignment with the university’s 2020-2021 academic plan, instruction for all CoPA courses will be fully online in fall 2020. 
    • Incoming and continuing students in select programs can choose between full-time and part-time study options (not available for all courses of study).
    • A flexible combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning, accommodating the diverse locations and time zones of students. 
    • Guided by world-class faculty, students will engage with a wide range of collaborative technologies, including Tone Row, Soundtrap, Canvas, Zoom, Jacktrip, and others to achieve technological literacy as a way to inform your artistic and creative practice, in an increasingly intermediated world.
    • Portions of campus will be accessible to students for special projects, practicing, and more this fall. More specific information to be available as social distancing guidelines and restrictions for New York City are announced. 
    • For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, all students will pay no more than the equivalent of two full-time semesters, no matter the sequence of their course of study. More information on tuition is available here.

    The 2020-21 Academic Experience

    In the 2020-2021 academic year, you will have the opportunity to:  

    • Explore new ways to create, experiment, and perform innovative projects that will deepen your mastery of the collaborative dynamics integral to the artistic process.
    • Join a community that transcends borders, oceans, and time zones and enables a vision of performing arts that we could have only dreamed of previously. 
    • Hone your craft and redefine the possibilities of your artistry through a specially designed curriculum that ensures meaningful learning, performing, and making can take place within the challenging constraints of this moment.

    CoPA will offer performance-based and making-based major curricula that are adapted versions of our BM (Mannes), BFA (Drama, Jazz)  MM and PDPL (Mannes), and MFA (Drama) programs. As a full-time student, you will take coursework in four areas including: private and/or small group study, integrated major skills, performance-based making, and academic major requirements. 

    Students in the MA Arts Management and Entrepreneurship and MM Performer-Composer programs use existing curriculum pathways that have been translated for online learning.

    Our community at CoPA is more potent than ever and the 2020-2021 academic experience will continue to incorporate a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities including masterclasses, performance opportunities, special projects, departmental events, special guests, and town halls that will allow our vibrant collective of artists, scholars, activists and innovators to stay connected and engaged. 

    Detailed information related to specific schools and programs within CoPA is available on the CoPA Remote website.

    Incoming Students

    • Orientation for Fall 2020 will focus on community building, creating cohorts across all three schools.
    • Incoming undergraduate students will begin their collaborative studies in the CoPA Core curriculum, bringing together small groups of students across all disciplines in project-making courses. The four focus areas of the CoPA Core are: Tech and Experimentation, Collaboration and Improvisation, Socially-Engaged Artistry, and Whole-Human Artist

    Please contact Admissions if you have questions about starting your studies as a new CoPA student: performingarts@newschool.edu, Tel: 212.229.5150  

    Continuing Students

    All curricula have been designed to build upon the innovative remote work that emerged this spring and expand on that foundation to offer a flexible approach to your education that will ensure meaningful learning, performing, and making can take place within the challenging constraints of this moment.

    • Undergraduate students will continue with Intermediate/Advanced courses in major related core skills, project-based making (small ensembles, performance based online projects), private lessons/small group study, electives
    • Undergraduate juniors or seniors in all three schools may choose to opt into the integrated MA dual-degree program which allows you to complete your undergraduate (BFA or BM) and graduate MA degree in five years. 
    • Graduate students in the Mannes MM or Drama MFA program will have the option to make progress toward earning their performance degree by taking courses from the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program. 
    • Graduate students in the Mannes MM or Drama MFA program are able to add a new graduate minor in Creative Community Development, where they gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for a diverse range of career options in creative-placemaking.

    Please contact Advising if you have questions about continuing your studies at CoPA:

    Global Offsite Semester Option

    Recognizing that many international students may not be able to travel due to visa restrictions if we open campus in the fall, The New School is developing an innovative program that enables new first-year students outside of the United States to start the academic year in their home country. This offering is based on relationships with international partner institutions and will allow students to access space resources and/or courses with the partner in addition to online courses with The New School. If you would like to express interest in the Global Offsite Semester, please  complete our interest form.

    University FAQ

    We understand you may have questions regarding how The New School community will be living, learning, and experiencing the university in the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more in our FAQ.
  • Contact Us

    Performing Arts Deans
    copadeans@newschool.edu

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