University of Minnesota Duluth

Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota Duluth

Duluth, MN

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Performing Arts Profile

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a comprehensive regional university that consistently ranks among the top Midwestern regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Providing an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, UMD attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a midsize campus.

Academics tailored to you
Theatre students have a stunning home for the dramatic arts in UMD’s Marshall Performing Arts Center, which includes a 550-seat flexible thrust/proscenium theatre; an experimental black box theatre; fully equipped set building, welding, and costume shops; state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment; and studio space for acting, dance, and design. 

Music students have access to a variety of practice and educational facilities, including Weber Music Hall, a 350-seat concert venue; multiple rehearsal halls; the Music Education Resource Center; and the Music Technology Lab, an audio/visual computer lab where students can produce and distribute music and other collaborative artistic projects from a single location. Our undergraduate-exclusive Theatre program provides both Performance and Design students with many opportunities to “take the stage” and build extensive portfolios of work. 

As a UMD Arts student, you’ll enter the workforce having developed and applied the skills needed to succeed in a professional setting. On-campus learning will teach you how to think critically and creatively; productions, shows, and performances will train you to communicate effectively; and internships with regional partners will show you how to contribute to the local, national, and global communities in which you live.

Right fit, right location
UMD’s main campus is located on 244 acres, and the majority of campus—consisting of over 50 buildings—is interconnected by a vast series of hallway systems, skyways, and concourses. The campus is based in the safe community environment of Duluth, Minnesota—Outside magazine’s 2014 winner of “Best Outdoor Town in America.” It offers easy access to the Minneapolis–St. Paul region, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Chicago. Not to mention, it’s located next to beautiful Lake Superior and the boundless adventure of the North Shore.

“The most exciting part of my studies is being able to apply skills we learn through working on plays and musicals and being able to flex my creativity through collaboration with teachers and other students in class and productions. I see this continuing in my future by being able to make statements and change through the pieces I produce and providing a helping hand or kind gesture to brighten the world one little bit at a time. ” —  Stella Vatnsdal, BFA in Theatre with Scene Design emphasis


Related majors
• Jazz Studies
• Music
• Music Education
- Instrumental
- Vocal
• Performance
- Band/Orchestral
- Keyboard
- Vocal
• Theatre
- Acting
- Composite
- Costume Design
- Design & Production
- General Theatre
- Lighting Design
- Musical Theatre
- Scene Design
- Stage Management
- Technical Theatre
• Theory & Composition (Music)

• 11,040 total students
• 18:1 student-faculty ratio
• Ranked 7th, “Best Public Regional Universities” in the Midwest (U.S. News & World Report)
• 98% of Arts program graduates are employed or continuing their education within one year of graduation (89% report response rate).

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