|About||The College of Visual and Performing Arts consists of the School of Art, School of Theatre & Dance, School of Music and School of Media Arts|
The School of Fine Arts is a comprehensive professional school committed to leadership in teaching, scholarship/creative activities (including professional exhibition and performance) and service at state, regional, national and international levels. The School is comprised of outstanding artist/faculty/scholars, staff and administrative personnel, all of whom are committed to providing a challenging, positive, creative educational environment for students as well as an atmosphere characterized by collegiality, cooperation and interdependence.
The mission of the School of Fine Arts is to serve the University, the State of Montana, and the nation as a cultural center of national significance and as a leader in the performing and visual arts, arts education, and new media and applied technologies.
Message from the Dean:
Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Montana. As the flagship university for the arts in our state, we offer both liberal arts and professional accredited degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Comprised of the Schools of Art, Media Arts, Music and Theatre & Dance, we are home to the Montana Repertory Theatre, the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival and the Gallery of Visual Arts.
The arts play a unique role in our human conversation. The arts teach us how to listen, how to hone our powers of observation, how to work together, how to account for time and space, and how to make critical choices based on historical context, practical experience, and the interpretation of ideas. The arts teach us to interact with texts and materials, with our bodies, our emotions, with nature, with the familiar and the unknown, and most significantly, with each other.
I invite you to experience and explore all the creative possibilities that emanate from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Montana. You will emerge transformed both as a person and an artist.
Stephen Kalm, Dean
College of Visual and Performing Arts