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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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Chen, who teaches music theory and composition, was one of 180 Guggenheim Fellows selected from a pool of nearly 2,500 applicants from across the United States and Canada.
Class of 2022 Valedictorian Martin Benesh ’22, a theatre arts major concentrating in design and technology and minoring in digital design and fabrication, came to New Paltz from Iowa to pursue a career as a stage lighting designer.
The MFA at SUNY New Paltz was rated No. 19 on Best Value Schools’ 2022 list of the Best Schools for Master of Fine Arts Programs in the United States.

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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