• Arts in Context

    Arts in Context

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    Office of Admission
    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003
    Phone: 212.229.5150 or
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    Program Contacts

    Prospective students with questions about Arts in Context: Please email [email protected]

    Arts in Context Program Director and Departmental Faculty Advisor
    Zishan Ugurlu
    Professor, Theater
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    Chair of the Arts
    Danielle Goldman
    Associate Professor, Dance
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    Student Success Advisor for The Arts
    Brian Dudley (interim for fall 2023–spring 2024)
    Manager, BA/BFA Student Success
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  • Part of Lang's major in The Arts, the Arts in Context concentration allows you to combine the study of an artistic discipline with a liberal arts subject of your choice from outside the arts. You pair courses in either music, dance, theater, or visual studies with another liberal arts discipline such as writing, culture and media, history, philosophy, or gender studies. You develop an innovative, transformational, and personalized course of study that equips you with the artistic skills and academic depth needed in today's creative economy.

    • Study Options Concentration (within BA The Arts)

    As you design your path of study through the Arts in Context concentration, you consider what you hope to learn through your selected combination of fields. You also customize your curriculum and project work to ensure your path of study aligns with your future goals including plans for advanced graduate study. Arts in Context students make inspired connections between disciplines and advance integrated scholarship through a wide range of pairings, including:

    • Contemporary Dance + Psychology
    • Contemporary Music + Anthropology
    • Theater + Writing
    • Visual Studies +  History

    In addition to taking Lang courses for electives, Arts in Context students can broaden their studies with courses in other parts of The New School, such as Parsons School of Design and the College of Performing Arts. 

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    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Students concentrating in The Arts in Context benefit from:

    • Working associations with the city's theater world, including a long-standing partnership with La Mama Experimental Theater
    • A dance, music, and theater faculty of artistically adventurous professionals who actively perform in the city
    • Institutional partnerships with major museums and cultural institutions located nearby
    • Local internship opportunities in theater, dance, radio, television, music, museums, and more

    Career Paths

    Education at Lang is designed to develop engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Arts majors concentrating in Arts in Context majors work in a wide range of fields including performance, visual arts, media, journalism, arts administration, and graduate study in related fields. They start their own business, join startups, work in social media, publicity, web design, and development. They also work as writers, visual artists, musicians, reporters, actors, educators, teaching artists, and in the fields of human rights and social advocacy. Consult our 4-Year Lang Career Pathways Map (PDF) for helpful steps and resources to link your academic journey to your future plans.

    If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in the arts, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that apply to both your Lang degree and a graduate liberal studies degree at The New School for Social Research.

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