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  • The Arts major at Lang enables you to study visual and performing arts in a liberal arts context. Connect academic inquiry and research to creative practice and use the arts as a powerful tool for self-discovery and advocacy. Choose one of two concentrations: Visual Studies or Arts in Context.

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    As a major in The Arts, you choose one of two concentrations:

    Arts in Context
    (combines an arts discipline with a liberal arts discipline)

    Visual Studies

    In these concentrations, you are challenged to think beyond traditional categories and forms to explore the arts as tools for self-discovery and social awareness. Central to The Arts program is a distinctive set of interdisciplinary courses, the Lang Interarts (LINA) curriculum. The LINA curriculum features discussion-based seminars and practice-based courses that bridge disciplinary boundaries and allow for exploration of the arts across broader conceptual and cultural perspectives.

    The New School offers a vast selection of arts courses to Lang Arts students, including courses at Parsons School of Design and the College of Performing Arts. Distinguished visiting artists and guest presenters engage with students in workshops and public presentations such as the ArtWorks series.

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    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. The city provides unmatched opportunities for studying the arts, including:

    • Courses that use the city as a classroom, such as Arts in NYC and Lang at Judson
    • Rehearsals and performances at venues like New York Live Arts and La MaMa Experimental Theater Club
    • Opportunities to gain work experience as an intern, gallery assistant, writer, or club promoter

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    Career Paths

    After graduation, many Lang students pursue advanced study in their fields and go on to careers in arts criticism, professional ensembles, arts foundations, and publishing. Lang Arts graduates emerge with a strong liberal arts background that enhances their careers and their development as creative, articulate, and informed citizens. Consult our 4-Year Lang Career Pathways Map (PDF) for helpful steps and resources to link your academic journey to your future plans.

    If you are planning to pursue graduate studies, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a master's degree at The New School.

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