For students, artistic exploration happens in many disciplines and takes many forms, including inspiration, production, and expression.
In addition to the Eastman School’s programs, the College’s undergraduate music program combines performance and academic study within a liberal arts setting in subjects ranging from medieval plainchant to modern day hip-hop.
Working with distinguished faculty, scholars, directors, designers, playwrights, authors, and guest artists, our students explore theater as text and context.
Dance and movement studies at Rochester are characterized by a diversity of styles, techniques, and disciplines—from ballet to breakdance, improv to therapy, choreography to activism.
With visual studies and studio arts at Rochester, the focus is production. We encourage undergraduate students to choose their material or approach—and to then create.
The creative writing faculty includes award-winning authors and the Department of English regularly welcomes to campus both established and emerging poets and fiction writers.
Studying arts at a research university allows for unique opportunities to connect artistry with scholarship.
The University boasts two of our region’s arts and cultural pillars: the Eastman School of Music, one of the world’s premier music schools, and the Memorial Art Gallery, one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serves as a community art museum.
Since 1921, the Eastman School has been one of America’s leaders in musical composition, performance, and education. Eastman is an amazing community of artists, performers, composers, and scholars who are committed to preparing students for meaningful lives in music.
Known informally as MAG, the Memorial Art Gallery’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years of world art, from ancient Egyptian relics to vanguard media installations. The grounds showcase public art and function as an urban gathering space to connect visitors with art.