College Arts Spotlight: February 2014

Featured performing and visual arts programs of the month


From New York to Chicago, these arts programs are some of the best you’ll find. Renowned, acting professionals comprise the faculty at Pace University in the heart of New York City. The study of music reaches a new level of excellence at The Hartt School conservatory of the University of Hartford. The dance program at Syracuse University is designed to enhance a comprehensive education, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago continues to produce world-famous art and artists.


Theater: Pace University

This comprehensive acting program combines fundamental and cutting-edge training. Taught by industry professionals, the BFA in Acting is both a nurturing and rigorous environment with studio classes and performance opportunities in New York City. Small class sizes and conservatory-style training offer individual attention for performing and academic growth. The faculty consists of world-renowned professionals including award-winning directors, film actors, Broadway company members, casting directors, and artistic directors. Pace Performing Arts provides the opportunity to perform in more than 50 productions a year. BFA Acting students often perform on 42nd Street at Theater Row, and they are also part of the Pace New Works Initiative where major American artists develop new works incorporating Pace Performing Arts majors. Visit the BFA website. For MFA students, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace is the only program officially sanctioned and supervised by the legendary Actors Studio.


Music: The Hartt School

The Hartt School is the comprehensive, performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Renowned faculty members perform and teach around the world. Performance is central to the curriculum with more than 400 instrumental and vocal performances, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year. Several music degree programs are offered including a Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Arts (BA), and Minors in Music and Music Education. Designed to foster maximum potential for talented and motivated students, the BM curriculum prepares students for various fields in the performing arts. Coursework includes private lessons and mentorship with a member of the acclaimed Hartt faculty, ensemble participation, core music classes, and courses specific to a particular major coupled with general academic studies. BA majors access the same core program of music courses as BM majors, while pursuing a liberal arts degree. Visit the website


Dance: Syracuse University

The Department of Exercise Science at Syracuse University offers a minor in dance for students with a passion for the art and a desire to enhance their undergraduate education by studying dance in a more formal setting. This program offers a broad, general education including theory, history, and specific styles of dance, which is helpful in the interpretation of dramatic episodes, ideas, and feelings. Specific courses include Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Choreography, Ballroom, History and Appreciation of Western Dance, African Dance, Nutrition, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries. This dance program at Syracuse prepares dancers and choreographers to work in a variety of industries, from dance studios and schools to theater and opera companies and others. Employment of dancers and choreographers is expected to continue to grow, creating more opportunities at national dance companies as well as in the recreation and fitness fields. Visit the website


Visual Arts: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country offering programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study in the visual arts, and a comprehensive program in liberal arts emphasizes the critical role that humanities, mathematics, and sciences play in artists’ development. Students have the option of studying across many disciplines regardless of the degree they choose to pursue. Some of the most notable names in the arts received their early training at SAIC, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, H.C. Westermann, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Ivan Albright, Ed Paschke, Roger Brown, Halston, LeRoy Neiman, Elizabeth Murray, Cynthia Rowley, David Sedaris, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Sarah Vowell. SAIC has the largest school-museum campus in the country, and the school occupies its own cutting-edge facilities adjoining the museum. Visit the website


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