Student actors don't come to our campus only to act in others' plays. F&M student dancers don't stop at performing someone else's choreography. Our musicians strive beyond playing existing compositions. And in film studies, students don't merely critique the films of others.
At F&M, faculty are committed to working one-on-one with students who strive also to stage their own plays, compose their own music, choreograph their own dance movements, write their own novels, and produce their own films.
Fields of Study in The Arts
Art Created, Not Just Studied
Students have every opportunity to learn from the talents and skill of past and current playwrights, painters, composers, novelists and other established artists in every field. But the F&M difference lies in the creative drive and the opportunity to act on it.
The Department of Art and Art History educates students both in the making of art and also in art's historical analysis. Students in academic programs that explore the creative and performing arts learn the history, theory, and practice of those arts. But as part of our distinctive approach, we are committed to taking it a step further. Faculty work directly with students to explore how their art is a "visualization" of values that have relevance and significance in today's world.
The Pulse of the Arts at F&M
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes explored her identity through language at F&M Common Hour. Hudes is best known for authoring the musical “In the Heights” with Lin-Manuel...Read More
There’s more to fashion than meets the eye. Art historian Amelia Rauser discussed the surprising implications of fashionable dress in her March 30 virtual Common Hour lecture.Read More
The trove of Benin’s opulent palace art can be found in museums across the globe. Everywhere, that is, except Benin. Art historian Marie-Cécile Zinsou is working to change that. Her Common Hour...Read More