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School of the Arts (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)

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The KU School of the Arts

The school acquaints students with the arts as an important field of a liberal culture, either as members of a discriminating public or as trained practitioners. It prepares students for careers in dance, film and media, theatre, and visual art and promotes scholarship and research in the arts. It offers curricula for teachers of art in public schools and institutions of higher education.

The school makes a substantial contribution to the cultural life of the campus, community, and state by providing a center for the best of theatre and dance performance and the exhibition of works of art and film.

Art Exhibitions

A number of exhibitions are sponsored by the Department of Visual Art. These are shown in department galleries and the Kansas Union. Each year, there are exhibitions of work by students in the school, representing the disciplines of art and design.


The University Dance Company performs a varied repertoire of ballet, modern, and jazz dance. It presents two major programs on campus each year as well as numerous presentations on tour.

The University Theatre gives students a chance to act in, direct, design, and crew theatre productions. Each year, the University Theatre mounts about eight fully staged productions. Students gain experience in children’s theatre, musicals, operas, and a range of classical and contemporary plays.

Courses for Nonmajors

Students in other KU schools may enroll in visual art, film and media studies, and theatre courses for credit, subject to the availability of instructional time, with the permission of the chair of the department in which the course is offered. Dance courses are available to all interested and qualified students regardless of major. Qualifications are determined by course instructors.

Minors in dance, film and media studies, and theatre are offered for students in other disciplines.

University Honors Program

The school encourages qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.