With more than a dozen conservatory-caliber arts majors and programs, Columbia College distinguishes itself as an artistic hub conveniently located in the heart of New York City: the arts capital of the world. Opportunities for students looking to pursue an academic study of the arts at Columbia include those in Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Film Studies, Jazz Studies, Music and Visual Arts.
The creative energy found at Columbia reflects a longstanding tradition of artistic excellence on campus. While undergraduate students at Columbia, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg laid the groundwork for the Beat Movement, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote and composed music for Columbia’s annual Varsity Show, and Tony Kushner reviewed theatre for the Columbia Daily Spectator. Such artistic verve stems not only from our dynamic undergraduate population but also from Columbia’s unique Core Curriculum, which inspires students to draw from the great artistic and intellectual traditions of the past two millennia.