Featured Courses in The Arts

Each summer, Columbia University’s School of the Arts welcomes more than 300 students to work with internationally renowned artists and arts scholars on Columbia’s campus in New York City. Developed by our own graduate faculty, courses are designed to engage and appeal to individuals at all levels of artistic experience, from beginning to professional artists.

This listing represents a sample of courses offered by the School of the Arts this Summer. See the Film Studies Summer Courses, Writing Summer Courses, Visual Arts Summer Courses, and Drama and Theatre Arts Summer Courses pages for complete lists.

Arts in the Summer

If you’re interested in only taking courses offered by the School of the Arts this summer, Arts in the Summer has a simple application process that allows you take courses in Film, Writing, Visual Arts, or Theatre. Whether you’re a beginning artist or an experienced practitioner, you can be part of Arts in the Summer with the School of the Arts.


Faculty from the SoA graduate Film Program have prepared an exciting lineup of courses for Summer 2016, highlighted by a suite of film writing programs, including the Television Writing Intensive, Introduction to Screenwriting, and Comedy Writing.
see department listings


The SoA graduate Writing Program faculty have designed another summer of inspiring courses for 2016, including How to Write Funny, Travel Writing, Writing the Young Adult Novel, Short Prose Forms, and Writing Children’s Books. We also offer multiple workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry throughout the summer.
see department listings

Visual Arts

The SoA graduate Visual Arts Program offers two summer intensives in Advanced Painting and Photography. Visual Arts also offers a line up of introductory drawing, painting, and photography courses, as well as Printmaking: Silkscreen.
see department listings

Drama and Theatre Arts

The theater program will also be offering the New York Theatre Event: Off and Off-Off Broadway, providing students the rare chance study the creation of theatre in NYC, the heart of theatre in America.
see department listings

The New York
City Experience

Author, Author
Visit one of the top venues for the Manhattan literary scene. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe regularly hosts readings featuring established writers and new voices. Plus, proceeds from the store’s cafe and used book sales go toward helping patients with HIV and AIDS.

Sound and Vision
The Museum of the Moving Image showcases hidden gems: independent, foreign, and little-known animated films. Attend the Pinewood Dialogues, where top directors discuss storytelling and craft. Past guests include David Cronenberg and Wong Kar-wai.

Left of Center
Under-the-radar dramatic, comedic, and musical acts appear downtown at Joe's Pub. These edgier, up-and-coming performances make this East Village venue a must-visit. Book tickets well in advance; seats fill up quickly in this small yet regal space.