College of Visual and Performing Arts students can experience the incomparable culture of the Big Apple with these semester programs, short-term experiences, courses, and residencies:

Tepper Semester

Named for its founder, drama alumna and Tony Award-winning producer Arielle Tepper ’94, the Tepper Semester is a unique program from the Department of Drama that offers undergraduate students in advanced levels of acting, musical theater, design, and stage management the opportunity to immerse themselves in a rigorous artistic training program in the culturally rich setting of New York City. Students work closely with an accomplished faculty of professional artists who nurture the students’ creative, intellectual, and personal growth. The faculty also helps students gain an understanding of the business skills essential for a rewarding and successful career in the industry.

Learn more about the Tepper Semester

Gilbert Week: NYC Seminar for Music Professions

The Gilbert Week: NYC Seminar for Music Professions is a week-long immersion program in New York City for students in the Setnor School of Music. Students learn about career opportunities in music by meeting and learning from arts professionals and visiting some of the world’s leading performing arts institutions and organizations. Gilbert Week is held during Spring Break and is generously supported by Dennis ’73 and Nancy Gilbert ’74.

Governors Island Summer Residency

Housed in the historic Colonel’s Row, master of fine arts (M.F.A.) graduates in the School of Art move beyond the academic setting and initiate practices surrounding the history, environment, and architecture of Governors Island.

Engaging Careers in New York City

The Engaging Careers experience helps communication and rhetorical studies (CRS) students explore the numerous career paths available for communicators following graduation. Held annually, students visit such firms as CBS News and Conde Nast and enjoy panel discussions with CRS alumni who represent a wide variety of career disciplines.

Museums and Contemporary Practices

The School of Design’s Museums and Contemporary Practices course is a one-week intensive offered during the MAYmester session. Drawing upon the rich resources of a city in the Northeast, this course presents an overview of current museum practice. The course has been designed for highly motivated college and university undergraduates and graduate students who have a significant interest in museums. As this intensive is offered in a different city in the Northeast each year, please check with the museum studies graduate program coordinator for upcoming locations.