Why Get your Degree at the College of the Arts
For starters — four good reasons...
"Whether it's an internship in Manhattan, a performing tour in New Zealand, or career ambition anywhere, the College of the Arts at MSU can help you GET THERE."
Just 14 miles from midtown Manhattan, visible from our campus on the hill, stands Montclair State University's College of the Arts.
The College of the Arts (CART) is a professional training ground for artists, performers, practitioners, and teachers. Based on the professional school model, CART offers intensive programs in the arts, in conjunction with a broad-based liberal arts education, preparing students for careers in Art and Design, Broadcasting, Communication, Dance, Music, and Theatre.
Recognized since 1978 as a New Jersey Center of Excellence in the Arts, CART was again acknowledged in 1987 with a $6 million Governors Challenge Grant (the largest known grant of its kind!) - and many times over through its accreditations and awards. What government agencies know, and our students appreciate first-hand, are Montclair's progressive degree programs, world-class faculty and first-rate facilities.
At Montclair State we believe the arts thrive in a synergistic environment. With access to 2300 university courses and interdisciplinary opportunities, CART is an environment where creativity not only takes form, but takes flight. Approximately 1100 students study in the College of the Arts. Together with 15,000 students university-wide, they represent all parts of the state and many parts of the world. But what makes our students truly special is their search for individuality. Through internships, study abroad and CART's performance / exhibition opportunities, our students start building their resumes from freshman year.
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"If location is important for studying the arts ... and we believe it is ... The College of the Arts at MSU offers the BEST OF THREE WORLDS."
Manhattan's living text book of world-class museums, galleries, concert halls, theatres, festivals and broadcasting venues offers the arts at their best - the arts on their cutting edge. Our students have access to all this, plus opportunities to build lifelong connections with some of the most prestigious arts institutions in the world. All this . . . just 30 minutes away by bus or train, both of which stop at the MSU campus.
Even closer to home is the township of Montclair - a beautiful suburban yet cosmopolitan town with an artistic legacy all its own. Once a turn of the century artists' colony, the township today is home to a thriving arts community, with several art galleries, cinemas, professional music, theatre and opera companies, and the nationally recognized Montclair Art Museum just down the road. Also nearby is the New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Lincoln Center's closest counterpart! - and the renowned Newark Museum.
Still, our students needn't leave the campus at all for cultural and recreational enrichment. Not a day passes when there aren't movies, plays, performances, exhibits ... plus sports, club meetings and more.
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"I'm so glad I chose Montclair. Even while majoring in art I can take courses in business and minor in a completely different area. I can even double-major."
The College of the Arts supports a broad range of artistic interests. Through its five academic deparatments, CART offers as many as 50 majors, minors and concentrations on the graduate and undergraduate level.
Our state-of-art facilities include five gallery and exhibition spaces, a sculpture garden, television production center, computer labs, slide library, 26 art studios, a modern dance performance space, ballet studio, six theatre facilities (including the new Kasser Theater!), scene and costume design shops, a music recital hall, rehearsal studios, recording studio and 30 practice rooms. Our facilities keep growing (just as you are.)
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"I can't believe I get free admission to all CART concerts, performances, exhibitions and Visiting Artist lectures — just by showing my student ID. Last week we saw Baryshnikov and last semester, Whoopie Goldberg!"
Complementing the academic programs, the College of the Arts supports a range of audience opportunities - not only for MSU students, but for thousands of community patrons.
Art Forum, the MFA Lecture Series and MSU/MAM: Art Talks feature ongoing lectures by artists, designers, art historians and art critics from around the world, who present their work and ideas in an open forum.
The DuMont Television Center serves as an instructional laboratory for the university at large. It is perhaps most recognized for its widely acclaimed program, "Carpe Diem", produced by the Broadcasting Department and seen on cable throughout New Jersey and New York.
Arts & Cultural Programming produces a wide range of professional programs, from the development of new and innovative works to the presentation of national and international artists. Events are open to the public and free to MSU undergraduate students!
Memorial Auditorium, the university's 1000-seat theatre, hosts all forms of performance presentations, lectures, films, and symposia. Other facilities include the new and state-of-the-art Alexander Kasser Theater (500 seats), presenting progressive and contemporary works, plus several smaller spaces, including, Howard Fox Studio Theatre; the MSU Dance Space, and Black Box Theatre. Through the division of Audience Services, both presenters and patrons are afforded a range of amenities that enhance their performing, viewing, and listening experiences.
The Music Concert Series and Theatre and Dance Series each presents an annual season of more than 100 concerts, plays, events and recitals that feature the work of students, faculty and guest artists.
The University Art Galleries presents seventeen annual exhibitions and related events, featuring its 630-piece contemporary collection and works from artists of regional and international acclaim.
The Preparatory Center for the Arts, also known as "The Prep," offers private lessons, ensemble participation, and music theory instruction to pre-college youths as well as teaching opportunities for CART's music majors. As an extension of the Prep, Stokes Music Camp offers further instruction to 60 gifted children each summer in the university's Stokes Forest facility.
The College of the Arts Advisory Board works to support the mission of the College of the Arts by generating funds for scholarships and special projects. Board members include influential corporate and community leaders, including CART alumni and patrons of the arts.
The Office of Student Services, often a first stop made by prospective CART students, oversees recruitment and admission of new students, as well as selective services to enrolled students. It also sponsors "Arts Days" - events featuring CART's degree programs.