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About SFA

The School of Fine Arts balances artistic and cultural legacies with the innovative approaches and techniques of contemporary art. In so doing, the School of Fine Arts serves students at the University of Connecticut in both their educational and professional development. As a corner stone of our teaching philosophy, The School of Fine Arts is particularly committed to creating an intersection between our educational activity and the various professional industries connected with our disciplines. This approach emphasizes various forms of experiential learning, and includes faculty and institutional engagement with the professional arts world outside the university.

The outstanding faculty from the four academic departments of Art and Art History, Digital Media and Design, Dramatic Arts and Music are committed to providing rigorous professional education and all offer bachelor and masters degree programs. Terminal degrees, including the DMA and PhD are also offered in Music. Our academic programs are supported by specialized and uniquely focused showcases, stages, exhibition space and forums which include the Contemporary Art Galleries, the Digital Media Center, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the von der Mehden Recital Hall.

The School of Fine Arts reaches out to the student body as a whole and to our larger community that extends from Storrs around the world. The School of Fine Arts is committed to reflecting the cultural and racial diversity of our constituency through the content of our programs as well as the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students.

The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, William Benton Museum of Art, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, and the Community School of the Arts also support the academic mission of the School while engaging the wider University community, the state and northeast region with broad-based programs, presentations, concerts and exhibitions that have ranged from the works of Auguste Rodin to the Boston Pops and from puppet retrospectives to international theatrical and musical premiers.