About the College
The arts have always maintained a place of prominence in Utah. Early settlers began building theatres and dance halls at the same time they started construction on homes and businesses. The fledgling University of Deseret, founded in 1850, was dedicated to “fine art and sciences.” As that institution evolved into The University of Utah, a central focus on the importance of the performing and visual arts remained. The College of Fine Arts was officially established in 1948 and has continued to grow and flourish for the past 60 years. The College is home to the School of Music, the Departments of Art & Art History, Ballet, Film & Media Arts, Modern Dance, and Theatre.
In addition to traditional art forms, the College embraces the infusion of digital technologies in the arts by offering a certificate and minor in Fine Arts Technology and a certificate in Screen Dance which is a partnering project between our Departments of Film & Media Arts and Modern Dance. Our Entertainment Arts & Engineering program was just ranked 2nd in the nation for undergrad and 6th for graduate work.
We see the future as an exciting time for all of the arts and The College of Fine Arts at The University of Utah is committed to being a leader in the field well into the future. A rigorous course of study, high standards of achievement, and a history of success have resulted in national recognition for our departments and a list of celebrated alumni.
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