Our arts faculty members and lecturers represent the best that contemporary practices have to offer. In addition, we have a flourishing artist-in-residence program and more than two dozen scholars in such related areas as performance studies, contemporary art criticism, and film history. The University has offered a doctorate in music composition since 1933 and in cinema & media studies since 2000, a master of fine arts in visual arts (early 1970s), and a master of arts in the humanities with a creative writing track (2000). It has well-established bachelor’s degree programs in visual arts, music, and art history, and, more recently, cinema & media studies (1996) and theater & performance studies (2002). The College’s general education core includes a “dramatic, music, and visual arts” requirement, inviting students to study the history of the arts, stage desire, or begin working with sculpture. Several thousand major and non-major undergraduates enroll annually in creative and performing arts classes.
Alongside these programs, co-curricular student activities flourish. The number of student organizations dedicated to the arts has grown rapidly in recent years. Almost half of the College’s undergraduates and a large percentage of graduate students participate in over 60 student organizations, exploring music, visual arts, theater, filmmaking, dance, and other forms of performance.
To read more about the unique history of the Performing Arts at the University of Chicago, please visit the Regenstein Library Centennial Catalogues.