School of the Arts

The School of the Arts at Emerson College is a community of artists, professionals, and scholars committed to educating students to bring vision, commitment, sophistication, and courage to their crafts. We believe a strong liberal arts education is fundamental to accomplishing this goal.

School of the Arts
Students working with equipment in the Visual & Media Arts program.


By training students in theory, practice, and the intellectual and artistic traditions that inform both, the School's departments help their students become thinkers, makers, and citizens of a complex world. Our internationally recognized faculty members give their students a sense of ownership of their education.

Our students learn to accept stylistic and ethical responsibility for their work, and to place their work in the context of diverse intellectual and cultural traditions. As they embrace that responsibility, and envision their own work evolving in such contexts, students gain the confidence to speak with the authority of the master artists, professionals, and scholars they aspire to be.

student improv group performance

New Major in Comedic Arts (BFA)

Emerson's BFA degree in Comedic Arts is the first of its kind in the country. 


Dean's Welcome

The School of the Arts is dedicated to the kind of art education that empowers students to make art that makes change. Learn more about what we're up to in this welcome from Dean Rob Sabal. Read now »