Columbia University

From its beginnings in a schoolhouse in lower Manhattan, Columbia University has grown to encompass two principal campuses: the historic, neoclassical campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood and the modern Medical Center further uptown, in Washington Heights. Today, Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting pathbreaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education.

New York

United States

2960 Broadway
Phone: (212) 854-1754

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Our Aims

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.  

Location and Getting there

The Columbia campus on Morningside Heights is located at Broadway and 116th Street in Manhattan. Drivers should note that in New York City right turns at red lights are illegal unless traffic signs state otherwise.


Take the New York Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) south to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south (the last exit before the bridge). Exit the Parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive and follow the directions "From Riverside Drive and 95th Street," below.


Take the New Jersey Turnpike north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the bridge, take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south. Exit the Parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive and follow the directions "From Riverside Drive and 95th Street," below.


Take the Long Island Expressway or the Grand Central Parkway west to the Cross Island Parkway north. Cross the Throgs Neck Bridge onto the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95 south) and ...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

The Visual Arts Division at Columbia University is committed to providing a generous, intense and intellectually curious environment wherein artists of unusual promise can develop their visual arts practice within a community of peers. We pride ourselves on the quality and vibrancy of that community.

The full-time, adjunct and visiting faculty represents a broad spectrum of visual art production and critical thinking and thus our program takes an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, theory and critique. We encourage you to explore our website, contact us with questions and visit our program in New York City.  

Academic Staff and Description

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Information For  Undergraduates


R4602X, R4603Y, R4604X, and R4605Y
This weekly seminar, which is taught by eminent critics, historians, curators, and artists, aims to acquaint students with a broad range of critical thinking and to develop students' skills in verbal and textual analysis. It is intended as a stimulus to art-making and helps to form the critical and conceptual foundation for students to bring back to their studio practice. The third semester of Critical Issues focuses on artists' writings and the development of the students' own Thesis Proposals.
R4620X and R4621Y
This weekly course is student organized and introduces M.F.A. candidates to a broad spectrum of current issues as defined by leading practitioners. The visiting artist presents his or her work using supplementary materials such as slides and videos. Discussion follows. Each artist then visits a number of graduate students' studios, providing critiques of student work as time permits. The visitor's contribution is twofold. First, a visiting artist's own interests may activate and inform stude...  [ Read All ]


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How To Apply

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