Academics Overview

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 Department of Art and Design and Department of Theatre and Dance

The John J. Cali School of Music offers a curriculum blending a liberal arts education with the intense musical instruction of a conservatory. Students specialize in the areas of performance, jazz, music education, composition, and music therapy, and learn from world-class faculty, including the Shanghai Quartet. Students perform in the elegant Leshowitz Recital Hall, practice on Steinway pianos, and have access to the unique Harry Partch Instrumentarium for the study of microtonal music. The School presents over 200 performances and masterclasses each year by students, faculty, and guest artists. Students perform off-campus and on tour in the U.S. and abroad, and may study abroad through international exchange programs in several countries.

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.