The Arts Division

Study The Arts

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The Arts Division provides conservatory-level training in the performing and visual arts, grounded in scholarship and critical thinking that are at the core of an Arts & Sciences education.

Our Majors

 

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Why Study the Arts?

Our students and faculty seek knowledge and meaning through artistic experience. They embrace experimentation and provide opportunities for undergraduates to participate in transformative research. Our students prepare for a wide range of careers — in the arts and beyond — that value innovation, creativity, and teamwork.

 

Hear from our Divisional Dean and faculty members about why you should study the Arts at the UW:

 

 

Sarah Strickler

UW senior, Interaction Design major

“One thing that distinguishes this major is that we learn how to do research and think through how to solve a problem. Interaction design does a really good job of preparing us for real-world situations where we don’t know the answer. I think that’s my favorite thing about the major.”

Interaction design major Sarah Stricker poses in front of design posters in UW's Art Building.

Darby Sherwood

UW sophomore, Drama major

“I feel like I really found my voice in the School of Drama. I’ve been able to put myself out there because I've known that there is a great community of people who are willing to support me in that.”

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Kyki Li

BA, Dance, Anthropology, 2018

The Dance Department doesn’t teach dance just as technique, but rather as a way of viewing and interacting in the world. Dance becomes a way to connect with people, to learn about a culture, and that is just very inspiring for me.”

Kyki Li in dance studio

Addison Francis

BA, Music, Speech & Hearing Sciences, 2017

“Most schools don’t have both a speech and hearing department and an auditioned music program. Here there is a lot of interaction between the two. For me, that’s what has been so great about studying at the University of Washington.”

Addison Francis

Terrick Eto

BA, Industrial Design, 2019

“One of the greatest things about the industrial design program is that I'm surrounded by so many intelligent people, and being around them pushes me to be even more creative. I also appreciate all that the School of Art + Art History + Design does to prepare students for the professional world. We’re exposed to the outside world a lot and taught how to interact in that sort of sphere.”

Terrick Eto portrait