Academics

College of the Arts

The College of the Arts offers more than sixty graduate and undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations through the John J. Cali School of Music, the School of Communication and Media, and the departments of Art and Design and Theatre and Dance.



Departments and Schools

The Cali School of Music hosts the artists-in residence Shanghai Quartet (whose members lead instruction in strings); houses the Harry Partch Institute for performance training in microtonal music; offers the only Music Therapy curriculum in NJ; and organizes student ensemble tours in the U.S. and abroad. An all Steinway School with over 60 new pianos in the newly renovated Chapin Hall, the Cali school has 32 practice rooms and houses the 220-seat Leshowitz Recital Hall with state-of-the-art recording and web streaming technology.In addition, the School of Music features several performances and operatic productions, along with masterclasses presented by world renowned artists. 

Combining television and digital media, filmmaking and communication studies, the School of Communication and Media enables students to work at a campus radio station, a multiplatform newsroom, and a variety of venues for television production (some of which are international); and enjoy concentrations that focus on new and developing areas in communication industries, including Public Relations, Health Communication, and Electronic Journalism, while interning with Fortune 500 companies, broadcast television stations, TV production centers, political campaigns, pharmaceutical companies, etc.  Furthermore, SoCM has the only audio program in the area offering training in sound and sound design for broadcasting, film. theatre and music. 

Alongside its array of established fine arts concentrations and studio specializations, the Department of Art and Design offers the only BFA in Industrial Design in NJ, as well as top of the line facilities for its ever popular Fashion Studies BA (which hosts an annual student fashion show and yearly international field trips); a highly competitive Graphic Design BFA with annual trips to London and a dual degree program with Seoul National University of Science & Technology; and a growing Animation/Illustration BFA with strong professional ties to the Society of Illustrators. 

The Department of Theatre and Dance developed the first programs in Musical Theatre and Dance Education offered in NJ; recruits students through unified auditions in NYC, Chicago, and LA, as well as on campus; and features stage productions, masterclasses, and skills training by renowned directors, actors, and choreographers such as Spider-Man choreographer Chase Brock, Tony Award winning actor/singer Schuler Hensley, and Yale School of Drama director Robert Woodruff.  A robust program of field trips to theatres in London, Berlin, and Prague, among others, complements the department’s instruction.