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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.


Students and faculty collaborate on forward-looking projects, rooted in cross-disciplinary foundations and using cutting-edge tools and technologies.


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.

Theatre Arts

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

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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PianoSummer returns to New Paltz July 8-26, featuring galas, recitals, lectures, master classes & the Jacob Flier Piano Competition!
From accreditation kudos to the formation of a new department and the launch of a new graduate program, F&PA has experienced some big changes and wins this past year.

The Dorsky Museum


The Dorsky Museum creates art experiences that spark curiosity, critical thinking, and delight, connecting and serving the University and the diverse communities of our region. We are a hub for the art and artists of the Hudson Valley - free, open, and accessible to all.

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