Harmony Arnold, MFA, Chair
The performing arts and arts leadership programs connect the rich heritage of a Jesuit liberal arts education with the vibrant cultural and artistic resources of Seattle. Our interdisciplinary learning environment encourages collaboration as part of a diverse community of students and faculty. Our programs in music, theatre, and arts leadership are grounded in the creative and critical study of foundational works, histories and methods. Our focus on contemporary works and reimagined classics and our active engagement with the arts community offer our students experiential training that is both professionally and personally rewarding.
The performing arts and arts leadership program provides opportunities to:
- study with professional artists in the, theatre, and music and learn management skills from leaders in the field perform, design, work in technical production, direct, and produce in Seattle University theatre productions, choir concerts, and instrumental music concerts.
- develop and pursue the writing of mentored research papers
- explore Seattle’s rich arts community through theatre, opera, symphony, ballet, art gallery, and other events off campus
- work with contemporary Seattle and regional artists through residencies, workshops, and internships
- realize a senior honors project and graduate with departmental honors
- intern with a variety of Seattle arts organizations
- tour with productions regionally
- participate in the annual visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- study art abroad
The future for a performing arts and arts leadership graduate might include additional BFA or MFA programs in the arts, graduate teaching programs, or the beginning of a professional career in the arts.
General Program Requirements
All majors in the performing arts and arts leadership department must complete at least 20 credits in the major at Seattle University. Performing Arts and Arts Leadership transfer credits are subject to review which may include portfolio review, audition, exam, and/or interview. Both the Theatre and the Music programs have additional entrance requirements.
As elective choices, most courses are open to students in other fields. Many complement the work in other majors (e.g., art history, English, history, philosophy, or religious studies) and the department cordially welcomes all members of the school community. Observe prerequisites where noted.
Courses open to auditors include THTR 1100, THTR 2110, THTR 2120. All other courses in the Performing Arts and Arts Leadership department are to be taken for credit.
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