School of the Arts

The School of the Arts provides the highest level of education in order to forge the next generation of visual and performing artists, arts managers, and citizens devoted to the arts. Students are prepared for careers in their fields and are inspired to be engaged and innovative contributors to society. The prestigious faculties in the Conservatories of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts, and the School of Art+Design cultivate, nurture, and prepare students through rigorous and comprehensive studio practice informed by theoretical, conceptual, and historical study. The professional degree programs (BFA, MusB, MFA, MM) challenge students to be reflective and articulate, productive and entrepreneurial, and creative and innovative practitioners of their respective art forms. The BA and BS programs provide an overview of contemporary research methods and cultural theory, history, and studio practice in a broad liberal arts context designed to introduce students to creative, analytic, and critical thinking. In addition, the School of the Arts offers students in other disciplines exposure to the practice of the arts through specialized courses in studio practice.

Academic Organization and Degrees
The School of the Arts includes the arts management program; the Conservatories of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts; and the School of Art+Design. Its majors, which are described in detail in the respective school/conservatory sections of this catalog, lead to the following degrees:

  • School of the Arts: BA (arts management)
  • Conservatory of Dance: BFA (dance); MFA (dance)
  • Conservatory of Music: MusB (classical instrumental performance, jazz studies, voice/opera studies, classical composition, studio composition, studio production); MM (music; areas of concentration: classical instrumental performance, jazz studies, voice/opera studies, classical composition, studio composition)
  • Conservatory of Theatre Arts: BFA (acting, theatre design/technology); BA (playwriting and screenwriting, theatre and performance); MFA (theatre design/technology)
  • School of Art+Design: BFA (graphic design, painting/drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, interdisciplinary visual arts); BS (visual arts); MFA (visual arts)

In addition to these degree programs, the Conservatory of Music offers a postbaccalaureate Performers Certificate and a post-master’s Artist Diploma.

Minors
The School of the Arts offers five minors that are open to students in all disciplines, with specific entrance requirements:

Academic Advising
All students in the School of the Arts have faculty advisors and plan their semester’s work in consultation with these advisors. Students are also encouraged to use the services of the Advising Center.

Arts Courses Open to All Students
Most courses offered by the BA programs in the School of the Arts’ conservatories—like those in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences—are open to students in other disciplines at Purchase College. These are offered under the regular course prefix for the discipline (e.g., AMG for arts management; DWR for playwriting and screenwriting; THP for theatre and performance).

Many courses offered by the BFA and MusB programs in the School of the Arts are also open to students in other disciplines at Purchase College, in most cases without audition or permission of instructor. These courses begin with an SOA prefix and are listed in the respective program section of this catalog:

Conservatory of Dance: SOA courses
Conservatory of Music: SOA courses
Conservatory of Theatre Arts: SOA courses
School of Art+Design: SOA courses

For courses offered by the BFA program in film that are open to students in other disciplines, please refer to School of Film and Media Studies: SOA Courses.

Administration
Ravi S. Rajan, MM, Dean, School of the Arts
Suzanne Farrin, DMA, Director, Conservatory of Music
Steven Lam, MFA, Director, School of Art+Design
Gregory Taylor, PhD, Director, Conservatory of Theatre Arts
James Undercofler, MM, Chair, Arts Management Program
Wallie Wolfgruber, MFA, Director, Conservatory of Dance


For updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/arts.

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