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Departments & Areas of Study

Your creative career starts here.

Fuel your artistic endeavors and increase your value with a degree from the School of Fine & Performing Arts.


Create, learn and master professional skills in your preferred medium, or begin your journey to becoming an educator.

Theatre Arts

Evolve to your fullest potential while exploring performance, design/technology or theatre arts in a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community.


Join a community of musicians immersed in the creation and performance of music. We teach our students to think broadly with an open mind, and to be flexible in their creativity.

Art History

Dedicated teachers committed to research and scholarship, close student-faculty interaction and critical, analytical interpretation of world art traditions await you in the Art History Department.

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This award-winning play follows the nine teenage girls that make up The Wolves soccer team.
Art History Professor Kerry Dean Carso is the author of a new book examining 19th-century American culture through the lens of “follies”: garden buildings inspired by European architectural style that imported ideas of civilization into the American wilderness.
The SUNY New Paltz School of Fine & Performing Arts will kick off the 2021-22 academic year with special guest speaker Pamela Z, the celebrated and “extremely hyphenated” composer, performer and interdisciplinary artist.

The Dorsky Museum


Our curriculum offers a learning community led by dedicated teachers with active professional lives as artists, designers, performers, composers, scholars and teachers.

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