The School of Fine and Performing Arts comprises nationally accredited programs in Art Education, Art History, Art Studio, Music, and Theatre Arts. We are committed to providing a significant range of opportunities to research, study, create, produce, perform, and present ideas and issues of the arts, so that students can explore how aesthetic experiences offer particular insights and ways of communicating in and about the world.
Undergraduate studies prepare students for graduate work and employment in many dynamic cultural professions. Graduate studies prepare students for college and university teaching and other professional careers in the arts. The academic programs of the School are complemented throughout the year by public presentations, performances, and exhibitions of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. National conferences and competitions, workshops and public lectures by distinguished visiting artists enrich the stimulating academic environment.
Three interdisciplinary minors are also available:
- The Film & Video Studies minor, which is coordinated through the Departments of Art History and Digital Media & Journalism (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences), offers students an opportunity to read the art of cinema as cultural critics, while having the option to learn the basics of screenwriting and production.
- The minor in Digital Design & Fabrication combines Fine & Performing Arts' expertise in design with Science & Engineering's expertise in materials science to introduce students to design theory, aesthetics, and 3D modeling skills, along with the study of material properties and constraints and the application of analytical approaches to problem solving.
- New in fall 2022, the minor in Audio Engineering is coordinated through the Departments of Theatre Arts, Music and Digital Media & Journalism. The Audio Engineering minor focuses on contemporary audio and music production and provides students with knowledge and skills that directly support their artistic work and/or career goals in theatre, music, and media production.