The School for Jazz at The New School and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts have created a five-year curriculum in which students simultaneously complete two degrees: the professional BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music and the liberal arts BA from Lang College. The BA/BFA program also draws upon the resources of the Schools of Public Engagement.
The dual-degree program requires 90 credits of liberal arts education and 90 credits of professional music study. Graduates of this five-year program are prepared for direct entry into the music field or for graduate study in areas such as law, business, and the humanities. Students interested in pursuing the dual-degree option should request applications for both Eugene Lang College and the School of Jazz.
Jazz and Contemporary Music courses: To fulfill the BFA component, students must complete or test out of requirements in the following areas: theory, theory and performance, ear training, piano, rhythmic analysis, sight-reading, arranging, and instrumental proficiency. Along with the necessary 90 studio credits, passing of the sophomore jury and performance of a senior recital are also required.
Lang College courses: To fulfill the BA component, students must take at least one Lang course each semester, completing a minimum of 44 credits (or 11 courses). The remaining liberal arts credits may be taken at Lang, at Jazz (in music history), or in other colleges of The New School. In addition, students must fulfill all requirements for a path of study and a Senior Experience at Lang.
Transfer credit: Transferability of credits from other colleges toward the BA degree is determined by the Lang Office of Admission and toward the BFA degree by the New School Jazz Office of Admission.