As an acclaimed professional school and the center of cultural life at the University of Connecticut, the School of Fine Arts is committed to providing superb education as well as engaging arts exhibits and performances. The school endeavors to grow and continue to be a magnet for artists and intellectuals across the region.
The School of Fine Arts enriches the cultural life of the University of Connecticut community, as well as the state, providing an artistic environment that offers unique expressions of emotion, intellect and spirit. In addition to our stellar academic programs in Dramatic Arts, Music, Art & Art History, and Digital Media & Design, the UConn School of Fine Arts is also home to the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, von der Mehden Recital Hall, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, and Contemporary Art Galleries. As UConn continues gaining national recognition for excellence, the School of Fine Arts is playing a key role in the University’s ascendance into the list of top 20 public institutions.
Broaden the Undergraduate Experience
Giving to the UConn School of Fine Arts bolsters support for creative and experiential learning. The university is expanding diverse interdisciplinary programs in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and the School of Business, including expanding conservatory-based education for theater and music studies and professional training for visual arts studies through existing and new partnerships with arts organizations like the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Opera. Private support also will help develop study abroad programs that will enable students to experience the diversity that is embedded in the universal language of the arts.
Invest in Graduate and Professional Education
The School of Fine Arts is an internationally recognized professional school, our plan prioritizes investing in the areas of greatest strength, including the M.F.A. in Studio Arts and M.A. in Art History, to continue UConn’s rise to prominence in the arts. Private giving also will support expanding distinctive programs that enable graduate students to gain invaluable experience working with national and international artists, actors, designers, musicians, and scholars both on campus and abroad.
Create New Centers
Support will enable the UConn School of Fine Arts to establish two new important centers that will meet areas of growing demand in the marketplace and help position UConn to be a leader in new media arts. The interdepartmental digital technology center will offer an interdisciplinary approach to visual arts, dramatic arts and music in preparation for careers in the film and television industries. Through the new contemporary music center, students will study composition and performance of digital arts and music for the film industry and train for the burgeoning music technology field.
Stimulate Creative Activity
Creative activity by our faculty as well as graduate and undergraduate students is the essence of the School of Fine Arts. Creative endeavors in combination with a comprehensive education in history, theory and pedagogy produce broad-based artists capable of adapting to the varying demands of the artistic world. The school’s goals are to increase support for new projects in the visual arts, musical composition, playwriting, stage design, performance and the digital arts. The school also seeks to establish endowed awards to honor and support faculty members who are leaders in the arts.
Performances, exhibitions and children’s programming attract tens of thousands of visitors annually to our fine arts venues on campus. With private support, we plan to expand youth programs held both on campus and at schools throughout the state. We also intend to enhance our participation in UConn’s growing human rights program by expanding artistic productions that reflect social justice themes.