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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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These Keyboard Musicians Are Thinking Beyond the Piano. Modern pianos are central to classical music. But some musicians are learning other keyboard instruments, and feel like better artists for it.
The Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to share its lineup for the spring 2024 Concert Series, titled “Visions and Variations,” featuring performances by student and faculty musicians, and special guest appearances by visiting artists.
As a graduate student in music therapy, Jordan Fogle ‘25g has spent a lot of time thinking about a fundamental challenge in this line of work: Some individuals who stand to benefit the most from the healing properties of music, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and people with sensory difficulties, struggle to fully participate in live events that are not designed to accommodate them.

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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