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College Accreditation and Memberships:
Mailing Address: 375 S. 1530 E., Room 250, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0380
Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
International Council of Fine Arts Deans
College Art Association of America
Council of Dance Administrators
American College Dance Association
National Dance Education Organization
National Association of Schools of Dance
International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
CORPS de Ballet International
National Association of Schools of Music
Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
University Film and Video Association
Department Office: ART 250
Associate Vice President for the Arts & Dean: Raymond Tymas-Jones, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs: Sarah Projansky, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs: Liz Leckie, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Finance & Operations: Karineh Hovsepian
Assistant Dean for Art & Creative Engagement/Executive Director of Utah Presents: Brooke Horejsi
Assistant Dean for Arts Education & Community Engagement: Kelby McIntyre-Martinez
Executive Assistant: Cami Rives
Administrative Officers: Lynette Holman and Jasmine White
The arts have always maintained a place of prominence in Utah. Early settlers began building theatres and dance halls at the same time they started construction on homes and businesses. The University of Deseret, founded in 1850, was dedicated to “fine art and sciences.” As that institution evolved into The University of Utah, a central focus on the importance of the performing and visual arts remained. The College of Fine Arts was officially established in 1948 and has continued to grow and flourish since that time. It is home to the Schools of Music and Dance and the Departments of Art & Art History, Film & Media Arts, and Theatre.
In addition to traditional art forms, such as music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts, the College of Fine Arts embraces the infusion of digital technologies in the arts by offering degrees in Film & Media Arts, Animation, Graphic Design, and Photography/Digital Imaging; certificates and minors in Arts Technology and Music Technology; and a graduate certificate in Screendance (a partnering project between the Department of Film & Media Arts and the School of Dance.) In addition, our Entertainment Arts & Engineering undergraduate degree is ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.
We see the future as an exciting time for all of the arts, and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah is committed to being a leader in the field well into the future. Rigorous courses of study, high standards of achievement, and a history of success have resulted in national recognition for our departments and schools and a list of celebrated alumni.
Art & Art History
School of Dance
Film & Media Arts
School of Music
Pioneer Theatre Company
Tanner Dance Program
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
The College of Fine Arts offers B.A., B.Mus., and B.F.A. degrees, depending on the department/school and area of study. Students who plan to teach art, music, dance, or theatre in public schools at the secondary level will take courses in the College of Education as well as the College of Fine Arts.
Candidates for the B.A., B.Mus., and B.F.A. degrees must satisfy the graduation requirements of the University of Utah and the major department or school, including:
- Credit Hour and GPA requirements
- General Education requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree requirements (including the Foreign Language requirement, if specified in the program)
- Major requirements (including Emphasis requirements, if specified in the program)
The College of Fine Arts offers an M.A. degree in Art History; M.F.A. degrees in Art, Film & Media Arts, and Modern Dance; and M.Mus., D.M.A, and Ph.D. degrees in Music.
Information about the requirements for graduate degrees can be found in the University of Utah Catalog. Language requirements are established by the individual departments. Forms for planning a graduate program may be obtained from the individual departments.
Screendance as both a practice and an area of theoretical discourse is burgeoning worldwide, as evidenced by the proliferation of screendance festivals, symposia, conferences, and publications. Also known as dance for camera, cine dance, and video dance, this exciting hybrid form, which in the past has been found at the margins of practice in the fields of dance and film, is now taking a central place as an independent art form. Through the advocacy of practitioners and scholars worldwide, the field of screendance is articulating its richly intertwined art-historical roots as a means to understand present dance, film, digital media, and art practices and how they intersect in a complex discourse of ideas about the body on screen.
Please see the Screendance Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Contact: Ellen Bromberg, 801-581-7327
The Art Building (ART) provides excellent facilities for the Department of Art & Art History, including the Alvin Gittins Gallery and the Owen Reading Room.
For Theatre students, there is the 125-seat Babcock Theatre, located in the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre (PMT). The Babcock Theatre serves as the Department of Theatre’s main stage. Other facilities include Studio 115, an 80-seat black box theatre, and two 3,600-square-foot rehearsal rooms.
David Gardner Hall (DGH) houses the School of Music. This building includes rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, classrooms, teaching studios, the 700-seat Libby Gardner Concert Hall, and the Dumke Recital Hall.
The School of Dance is located in the Alice Sheets Marriott Center for Dance (MCD), which has six large studios, classroom space, and the 333-seat Hayes Christensen Theatre.
Film & Media Arts students have access to a newly renovated, fully updated classroom capable of screening the latest digital mediums, traditional and computer animation facilities, as well as a 6000+ title video and film library. The Film & Media Arts building (FMAB) also contains an 11’ x 22’ green screen wall and a 416 seat auditorium.
The College of Fine Arts operates several sophisticated student computing facilities dedicated to the creative digital technology needs of the arts disciplines. These computing facilities provide students with access to current technology in fine arts, including computerized film and video editing, visual effects, animation, digital imaging, 3D computer graphics, sound sampling and synthesis, recording technologies, and MIDI. There are many opportunities for collaborative projects across departments and with other campus entities.
Program and Courses Offerings
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