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.
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.
Writing, Literature & Publishing
In the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, the symbiotic relationship between writing, publishing, and the study of literature becomes a shared experience of finding one’s voice, refining one’s talent, and gaining the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s evolving literary landscape.
Visual & Media Arts
Emerson’s Department of Visual and Media Arts is all about learning by doing. Whatever your passion, our department offers unlimited opportunities to grow, collaborate, and thrive—plus access to sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that help your creativity take flight.
Theatre is more than a craft: it’s a way of connecting with others, of approaching challenges, and engaging the world. As a theatre artist in Emerson’s Department of Performing Arts, you will receive the necessary tools to focus your creative talents towards a fulfilling career—and life—in the theatre.
Comedic Arts (BFA)
Emerson's BFA degree in Comedic Arts is the first of its kind in the country. It integrates writing, performance and production with new studies courses that examine comedy from a variety of perspectives.