The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, and Music, and its associated centers and programs.
Majors in the Performing Arts School of Drama
- Video and Media
• Music Theater
- Stage and Production Management
- Technical Direction
School of Music
• Music Composition
• Music Education with Teacher Certification
• Music Performance
• Music and Technology
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The College of Fine Arts enhances and integrates the excellence and distinction of its top-ranked schools with the strengths of the University to establish a position of international leadership in preparing students to engage successfully with local and international communities and in transforming the professions through critical inquiry and creative production.
Uniquely positioned within an internationally ranked Tier One research university, the College of Fine Arts and its students truly meet at the intersection of the arts and technology every day. We educate brilliant artists, designers, actors, singers, musicians, architects, and urban designers who, upon graduation, bring innovative solutions to their fields.
School of Drama
Carnegie Mellon was the first institution in the United States to offer a bachelor’s degree in Drama in 1917. The School of Drama produces innovators, practitioners, and industry leaders in the arts and entertainment professions who indelibly impact how people experience the world at large.
The focus of the School’s programs is to study and create theater and performance work that is constantly connected to an ever-evolving world. Theater as an art form has never been more influenced by technology, economics, and larger cultural developments than now.
Students focus on the totality of theater and its relevance to the contemporary world. Each season up to 21 events, in addition to our annual festival of independent student work, are presented in the Purnell Center’s theaters, studios, and lobbies.
The School’s alumni include innovators and leaders in the theater, television, and film professions, and related arts/entertainment industries: actors, directors, dramaturgs, dramatic writers, production designers, crafts persons, technicians, technical managers, producers, and imaginative visionaries.
School of Music
Carnegie Mellon was the first institution to celebrate 100 years of educating outstanding musicians. Today’s musician must be entrepreneurial and a good business person, possess the courage to travel around the world, and be willing to embrace new technologies.
The School of Music is a conservatory within a university; however, students may develop concentrations or minors in other fields, effectively expanding future career options. The School of Music offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental Performance, Keyboard Performance, Vocal Performance, and Composition. The BFA is a professional degree in which 80% of the curriculum is in music. The School of Music also offers a Bachelor of Science in Music and Technology.
Every music student is part of an orchestra, chorus, wind ensemble, or chamber group.
School of Music alumni have composed for and are performing and conducting in major symphony orchestras, choruses, and opera companies around the world.