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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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Rachel Brainerd ’20 (Visual Arts), the valedictorian of the SUNY New Paltz Class of 2021, is an artist concentrating in metal, with an interest in using her craft to address trauma and promote healing.
MFA student Ana Maria Farina ’21g (Studio Art) has been named the 2021 recipient of the College Art Association (CAA) Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts.
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Candido Crespo ’06 (Visual Arts Education) and James Jacobsen ’06 (Visual Arts; Black Studies) were recent guests on the College’s Alumni Interview Series.

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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