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Performing Arts Profile

Your Ticket to a Future in the Performing Arts

Imagine a university where scholars, artists, and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Imagine a community where walls between disciplines are dissolved, so journalists collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians. Imagine an intellectual and creative haven that never has and never will settle for the status quo. 

The New School is just such a university community, attracting students from all over the world to its home in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1919 by those who imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher education, The New School offers more than 10,000 students areas of study across more than 135 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. No matter what area of study students pursue, they discover a unique form of creative problem solving that will forever change the way they investigate and create-—relentlessly questioning convention, collaborating across disciplines, and taking risks.

Leading The New School’s commitment to performing arts is our College of Performing Arts, comprising Mannes School of Music, School of Jazz, and School of Drama.

Mannes School of Music
Founded in 1916, Mannes School of Music seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice. Our eminent faculty of
artists, scholars, and educators of international stature, including active professionals from all areas of the music world, foster close, constructive relationships with students and are committed to advancing the creative role of music throughout all aspects of our rapidly changing society. 

Mannes is a community of compassionate musicians who encourage collaboration rather than competition and professional development rather than personal pressure. Mannes is small and selective, limiting degree enrollment to approximately 330 students—making it the smallest in New York City. The Mannes faculty include many celebrated concert artists, chamber musicians, and composers. The comprehensive Techniques of Music curriculum sets Mannes apart, providing a broad foundation including ear training, advanced music theory, and dictation. Mannes offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Orchestral Instruments, Piano, Harpsichord, Voice, Classical Guitar, Orchestral Conducting, Composition, and Theory.

School of Jazz
The School of Jazz was founded on the principle that working artists should play a role in jazz education. One of the most influential
institutions of its kind, Jazz offers a progressive curriculum, small ensemble-based performance, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City.

The faculty are comprised of legendary musicians, mentoring students to develop the confidence and knowledge to experiment, take risks, and find their own authentic style of self-expression. New York also provides the benefit of the best live music venues in the world. On most nights at least one Jazz student is performing somewhere in the city. Jazz offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music, with concentrations in Composition, Instrumentals, Liberal Studies, and Voice. Students can earn a joint BA/BFA degree with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

School of Drama
The four-year BFA program in Dramatic Arts at the School of Drama
prepares students to be 21st-century artists and creative thinkers. Through studio classes, performance opportunities, and course work in Aesthetic Inquiry, the History of Theater, and Collaborative Research, students cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical skills needed to launch careers in theater or any field that requires creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and effective communication. The program’s interdisciplinary project-based curriculum enables students to explore acting, directing, playwriting, creative technologies, liberal arts, applied research, and collaborative processes, guided by a faculty of working professionals from New York City’s theater community.

Dance, Contemporary Music, and Theater at Eugene Lang College
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts is an exceptional place—small in size, but big in ideas. Creative, open-minded, and independent undergraduates from across the country and around
the world come to study at Lang in small, intensive seminar-style classes; intern at some of the world’s leading organizations; and immerse themselves in New York’s cultural and civic life. Here students design their own curriculums around various paths of study and are deeply concerned with the world around them. The Dance students are no exception.

Lang is not a conservatory. Dancers come here because they want an intellectual foundation as well as the intense training they receive from Lang’s Dance faculty and guest artists—many of whom are active professionals in New York City.

While not all Lang students become professional dancers, they choose to come here because they want to have a voice in the future of dance. Graduates have become choreographers, company directors, teachers, dance historians, and critics.

Lang’s major in Contemporary Music emphasizes the cultural and social significance of music in today’s world. Students examine the global diversity of contemporary music; music history, theory, and criticism; and the evolving technologies used in composing, performing, and listening.

The Theater major provides students with a grounding in theater practice within an interdisciplinary arts program linking theater to music, dance, and visual studies. Students explore theater through new media and a range of global perspectives, with an emphasis on civic engagement.

Study in New York City
The New School’s New York City location offers access to hundreds of cultural opportunities, including museums, concerts, theaters, restaurants, parks, and the streets themselves. The New School believes that students learn both in and out of the classroom. With access to a wide array of internships and apprenticeships with top designers, students can shape their education and take advantage of all the University and
the city have to offer. Current and past internships include Marc Jacobs, The Colbert Report, HBO, MTV, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Marvel Comics, and the Museum of Modern Art.

About The New School
Frustrated by the intellectual timid
ity of traditional colleges, The New School’s founders of prominent American intellectuals and educators envisioned a new kind of academic institution where faculty and students would be free to address honestly and directly the problems facing societies in the 20th century. The courses offered by The New School at first reflected the founders’ interest in the emerging social sciences, international affairs, history, and philosophy. Some of the finest minds of the 20th century developed pioneering courses at The New School. The New School also became known internationally for courses in the creative arts taught by some of the 20th century’s most innovative artists. The New School has evolved continuously through the years in response to changes in the marketplace of ideas, career opportunities, and human curiosity.

Tuition and financial aid
The cost of attending The New School varies from program to program and sometimes from student to student. Many of the students attending a
degree program at The New School take advantage of financial aid. US citizens or eligible non-citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and degree-seeking undergraduate international students interested in grants or scholarships from The New School should complete the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application. For forms and more information, please visit

Student success
During your time as a student, the Center for Student Success will help you develop the skills, confidence, and industry contacts you need to succeed. You will participate in internships and job fairs, receive personal career counseling, access an online job board, and attend career development workshops. When you graduate, you will become a member of one of the best professional networks in the business. You will know you can always count on your college friends and instructors for creative inspiration, career advice, and personal support.




Earn Two Degrees in Five Years
The New School’s five-year, dual-degree BA/BFA program is for students who want a strong liberal arts education and are also interested in a career in arts or music. Find out more at