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  • At the College of Performing Arts, our renowned schools of drama, jazz, and classical music come together to form a progressive creative center at the heart of The New School. Here performing arts students work across disciplines to become a force of new artistry.

    Established in the fall of 2015, The New School’s College of Performing Arts brings together Mannes School of Music, the iconic 100-year-old conservatory; the legendary School of Jazz and Contemporary Music; and the innovative and groundbreaking School of Drama.

    The College of Performing Arts creates opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovative education, and world-class performances. Our Arts Management and Entrepreneurship MA  and the new Performer-Composer MM draw upon the cross-disciplinary culture of the school.

    With the formation of the college, Mannes moved into the newly renovated Arnhold Hall in Greenwich Village, a state-of-the-art facility designed especially for the performing arts. Also housed in Arnhold Hall are the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the School of Drama’s BFA program.

    As part of The New School, students and faculty at the College of Performing Arts experience a supportive and rigorous environment with opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design to the social sciences to public policy and advocacy and more.

    Our college has more than 900 degree- and diploma-seeking students in a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and 400 pre-college students at Mannes Prep.

  • The traditional music conservatory has been transformed. Here rigorous classical training meets new music, improvisation, real-world creative opportunities, and cross-disciplinary projects to develop well-rounded and well-prepared artists.

  • The School of Drama is a place where rigor and creative experimentation come together. Our programs embrace civic awareness across performance disciplines to foster creative, socially engaged work. Develop your imagination, social consciousness, and expressive abilities.

  • This center for progressive, inventive artists offers a distinctive artist-as-mentor approach to learning. Work one-on-one with the world's leading contemporary and jazz musicians to develop your own unique musical identity.

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.