College Arts Spotlight: January 2014


Featured performing and visual arts programs of the month


Four schools in the northeast region are in the spotlight this month for their unique offerings in the arts. We begin with the rich acting history of Carnegie Mellon, which is ranked among the world’s finest drama schools. Then the musical-teaching talents of the Boston Conservatory are featured with master classes and guest artists. Dancers who are ready to commit to the standards of professional work will want to explore NYU Tisch, and students looking to elevate their visual arts skills won’t need to look beyond the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


Theater: Carnegie Mellon

The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama is the oldest degree-granting drama program in the United States, founded in 1914 as a division of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The school offers a vocationally focused education to theatre artists through rigorous conservatory training in all areas of dramatic practice. The undergraduate acting, musical theatre, directing, design, dramaturgy, and production and technology management majors are considered to be among the top programs in undergraduate conservatory training. MFA offerings in directing, design, and production and technology management are also considered to be top graduate programs. The School of Drama offers 18 events every season on campus, and also presents members of its graduating class in produced showcases in New York City and Los Angeles. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the School of Drama number four in the world amongst drama schools. Visit the website


Music: The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory is a highly rated music and performing arts school providing technical skills and performance experiences in a variety of musical styles and settings. The program offers individual attention for students with personalized one-on-one training, small class sizes, master classes, guest artists, special events, and various cultural events throughout Boston. The music conservatory faculty includes members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, as well as numerous professional soloists, ensemble players, conductors and composers with international careers. Students at The Boston Conservatory are immersed in a multi-disciplinary environment with excellent music, theater, and dance programs. The intensive work is structured to maximize the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaborations. Founded in 1867, the Conservatory is in the midst of revitalization from top to bottom, setting the stage for new achievements for the institution and students. Visit the website


Dance: NYU Tisch

The Department of Dance at NYU Tisch offers an intensive program for students committed to entering the profession as dancers or choreographers. It seeks exceptionally talented students who are ready to commit to the standards of professional work with a full range of technical training. Technique and compositional skills are taught by working professionals in the New York dance world, from which guest teachers and choreographers are also drawn. Performance opportunities are available throughout the 4-year program, culminating in a professional experience within a resident company setting. The overall aim is to develop dancers who are fully able to participate in the wide range of work that encompasses today’s dance world. The dance program is part of the Institute of Performing Arts along with Drama, Performance Studies, and Design for Stage & Film as well as Graduate Acting and Musical Theater Writing at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Visit the website


Visual Arts: School of Visual Arts (SVA)

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. The mission of SVA is to educate future generations of artists, designers, and creative professionals, and undergraduate degree programs in art and design prepare students for entry into an array of professional fields in or related to the visual arts. SVA employs working professional artists, critics and scholars in all the disciplines taught at the school. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. Undergraduate majors include Advertising, Animation, Art History, Computer Art, Film and Video, Interior Design, Photography, and others. Visit the website


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