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The School of Contemporary Arts provides an understanding of the established traditions in the Fine Arts and Communication Arts while simultaneously preparing students to embrace new means of expression. The School, which is inherently interdisciplinary in its structure and its goals, recognizes the interconnectedness of the arts in contemporary society, and encourages students to develop and communicate ideas in multiple media. Excellent instruction in the visual, communication, theatrical, and musical arts takes place in small studio, lab, seminar, and discussion settings, as well as through activities outside the classroom environment. Practical experience, public presentation, and reflection are integrated into the educational process in many ways, such as through Internships and Cooperative learning assignments, play production, musical performance and recording, visual arts production and exhibition, and the production and viewing of video, film, and design.

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Acting

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Art History

Bachelor of Arts

m C

Communication Arts (General)

Bachelor of Arts

M

Contemporary Arts

Bachelor of Arts

M O

Design / Technical Theater

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Digital Filmmaking

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Directing / Stage Management

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Drawing and Painting

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Drawing and Painting / Art Therapy

Bachelor of Arts

C O

Electronic Art & Animation

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Global Communication and Media

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Journalism

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Music (General Overview)

Bachelor of Arts

M m C

Music: Music Industry

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Music: Music Performance

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Music: Music Production

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Music: Music Studies

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Photography

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Professional Communications

Bachelor of Arts

M O

Sculpture

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Theater

Bachelor of Arts

M m

Theater Studies

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Visual Arts

Bachelor of Arts

M m

Visual Communication Design

Bachelor of Arts

M C

Writing

Bachelor of Arts

M C

10614199_10153162856254782_6286246615020116486_nThe School of Contemporary Arts (CA), established in 1971, is an interdisciplinary arts program providing an understanding of the fundamental traditions of the Fine and Communication Arts while simultaneously preparing students to embrace new means of expression.

Students are afforded the opportunity to develop and communicate ideas in many arts-related disciplines. Excellent instruction as well experiential activities outside the classroom environment provide practical experience. Public presentation and reflection are integrated into the educational process via internships and cooperative learning assignments. Fields include:

  • Visual Arts
  • Communication Arts
  • Theatrical Arts
  • Musical Arts

Experienced Faculty

The School’s faculty, known for their professional achievements and scholarly work, include distinguished artists, designers, filmmakers, screenwriters, journalists, authors, and scholars. They have been honored with awards from major art funding sources such as:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
  • The Kellogg Foundation

All faculty have terminal degrees in their fields and have graduated from prestigious institutions including Columbia University, Yale University, New York University, School of Visual Arts, Tyler School of Art, Brown University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Berklee College of Music, California Institute of the Arts, and Art Institute of Chicago. With faculty support, students have won numerous accolades for theater and music performances, design awards, presented scholarly papers at major conferences and screened their films at film festivals.

Degree Programs

We want our students to understand the traditions of the past but also to explore new means of expression and communication. We help them develop their individual voices and strengthen them through active learning situations that result in produced work – learning by doing. We encourage students to move freely across the disciplines of the school to more fully experience the creative process and to build upon knowledge gained in areas outside their majors. And, of course, we take full advantage of our proximity to New York City with its unlimited opportunities in the arts and media.

The School of Contemporary Arts is committed to providing students with an outstanding education in the visual, performing, and communication arts with a strong emphasis on the Ramapo College pillars: interdisciplinary curriculum, international education, intercultural understanding and experiential learning opportunities.

The School of Contemporary Arts offers five majors:

  • Communication Arts (with concentrations in Digital Filmmaking, Global Communication and Media, Journalism, Visual Communication Design, and Writing)
  • Contemporary Arts Contract Major (an interdisciplinary major that enables students to develop individualized programs that correspond to their special interests and career goals)
  • Music (with concentrations in: Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Production, and Music Studies)
  • Theater (with concentrations in: Acting, Directing/Stage Management, Design/Technical Theater, and Theater Studies)
  • Visual Arts (with concentrations in: Art History, Drawing and Painting, Sculpture, Art and Technology, and Photography)

All programs lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Minors are available in Music and Theater.

Steven Perry, Dean
School of Contemporary Arts

The main CA facility is in The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, featuring two state-of-the-art theaters, rehearsal and dance studio, scenery and costume shops, music, photography, and visual arts facilities, and art galleries. There is also a separate sculpture studio complex and the H and C wings, which feature high-end labs for graphic design, film, and sound design, a TV studio, a convergence journalism studio, and private video editing suites.

Experiential

The School of Contemporary Arts encourages students to engage in Internships and Cooperative Education experiences. External placements are facilitated in graphic and web design, print journalism, radio, television, professional theater, art galleries and museums, etc. Organizations where our students have been placed include:

  • Minolta
  • Sharp Electronics
  • Sony
  • MTV
  • VH1
  • CNN
  • FOX News
  • Sundance Channel
  • WNET-TV
  • WABC-TV
  • WWOR-TV
  • North Jersey Media Group
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Roundabout Theater Company
  • The Joseph Papp Public Theater

In addition to hands-on training, students receive degree credits for their experiences.

Extracurricular

CA is aligned with a variety of co-curricular activities, including:

  • Visual Artists Society
  • Creative Media Club
  • RCTV (college television station)
  • National Communication Arts Honor Society
  • Alpha Psi Omega National
  • Theater Honor Society
  • The Ramapo News (college newspaper)
  • WRPR 90.3 FM (college radio station)
  • Ramapo Chorale
  • Gospel Chorus
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School of Contemporary Arts Contact Information:

Office: BC236
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (201) 684-7365
Fax: (201) 684-7481