The Arts

Art is a way in which we all can learn to express ourselves, to innovate, to celebrate and mourn—to create in a way that is unique to the human spirit. At Notre Dame, the arts take form in many dynamic ways, reflecting the diversity of thought and cultures found across the University community.

We invite you to explore the links on the right and below, which will give you a small taste of the activities and events that take place here on campus every day.

Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Program at Notre Dame offers courses of study for both graduate and undergraduate students. The program’s flexibility allows our students to initiate a variety of literary lives. We also regularly invite writers to campus to read their work, to teach, and to continuously catalyze our changing sense of language and identity.

Creative Writing Program Website

Poster of the Paul Lopez poetry reading

Paul Lopez Is 2013 Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize Winner

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Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! 2013 poster featuring Batman and Wonder Woman

Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! 2013

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Book cover with the title Re: Visions

Creative Writing Publications and Bookshelf

Faculty Publications

Graduate Publications

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is an inclusive, second-city destination for the region’s premier Visiting Artist Series—art with a point of view—informed by reflection on our Catholic character and inspired by the academy’s pursuit of knowledge. Here dance, music, theater and cinema aren’t charming diversions: They are unconventional inspirations.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Website

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Third Coast Percussion Ensemble-In-Residence

The internationally acclaimed Third Coast Percussion assumed the position of ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame in July 2013, and continuing through the next five academic years. The Chicago-based quartet engage in interdisciplinary collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, perform world premieres of the current works by leading composers, conduct master classes, and provide community-building residency performances and activities for youth in local schools. Third Coast premiered two pieces commissioned by DeBartolo Performing Arts Center—the piece “Resounding Earth” by world-renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas on Sep. 30, 2012, and the world premiere of a new work by Timothy Andres titled “Austerity Measures” on Jan. 26, 2014.

Third Coast Percussion to join University of Notre Dame as Ensemble-in-Residence

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Department of Art, Art History, and Design

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design is multidisciplinary in nature, offering courses in the studio arts, art history, and design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The ability to communicate ideas, to record experience, to solve complex problems, and to design objects of beauty and utility has long been embedded in human culture and is central to personal growth. At Notre Dame, guided by a talented and diverse faculty, our students acquire the technical and visual skills necessary to work creatively, develop their intellectual abilities to think critically, and cultivate the personal discipline and maturity to reflect thoughtfully on the world and our place in it.

Department of Art, Art History, and Design Website

Industrial Design poster Photo of an open book

Senior Is Among Top Five Industrial Design Students in Nation

2013 SMA Presentation | Alisa Rantanen

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Erin Hinz Selected for National Wet Paint MFA Biennial

Erin Hinz in National Wet Paint MFA Biennial

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Erin Daly Presents at FSU Graduate Symposium of Art History

Erin Daly presenting at FSU Graduate Symposium of Art History

Department of Film, Television, and Theatre

Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre seeks to inspire intellectual inquiry and nurture creativity. We offer both a scholarly and a creative context for general liberal arts students as well as those students seeking intensive preparation for advanced study in these fields. The hands-on nature of our curriculum, coupled with a high degree of student-faculty interaction, provides students a singular education at a university known for its teaching excellence.

Department of Film, Television, and Theatre Website

Frances Shavers

25th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, including the 2014 Audience Choice Award

25th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

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Department of Film, Television, and Theatre Presents Cabaret

Department of Film, Television, and Theatre to Present Cabaret

Lynn Nottage on stage

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage Visits Notre Dame

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage Visits Notre Dame

Department of Music

The Department of Music provides an intensive course of study for music majors within Notre Dame’s rich liberal arts tradition. Our students engage in performance, music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology in collaboration with a professionally accomplished faculty of performers and scholars. The department also contributes to the broader musical life on campus through elective courses and abundant ensemble opportunities for majors and non-majors alike. Formal study of music at Notre Dame is complemented by the department’s extensive presentation of faculty and guest artist concerts, scholarly lectures, and student performances.

Department of Music Website

Tricia Park with a violin

Tricia Park Performs

The Gesualdo Quarte, the new Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame, consists of faculty member Tricia Park (violin) with Robin Scott (violin), Maurycy Banaszek (viola), and Andrew Janss (cello). Musicians for the quartet are selected from the top ranks of young musicians who are embarking on promising performing careers.

Tricia Park

Sacred Music at Notre Dame

Sacred Music at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary program studying sacred music in its various dimensions and traditions, and offering graduate degrees in conducting, organ, and voice. Sacred Music at Notre Dame shares with the Notre Dame community and the region an intense agenda of performance and scholarship activities, including the Mellon Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Drama Project; sacred music festival conferences; performances and master classes by faculty, students, and guest artists; premieres and commissions; scholarship colloquia; and an important initiative supported by the Lilly Foundation for preserving religious music heritage through the creation of the Notre Dame Children's Chorus.

Sacred Music at ND Website

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James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross

James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross

Video: Composer Speaks

Mural of the Virgin Mary

Performing the Scholarship: “A Matins for Our Lady from Mexico City c. 1700”

In te Domine

Te ergo quaesumus

Shakespeare at Notre Dame

The Shakespeare at Notre Dame program celebrates the power and imagination, the excitement and challenge of Shakespeare’s works—both on the page and on the stage. With a local focus and international reach, we are advancing ways to explore his enduring importance through interdisciplinary exploration of “Shakespeare in performance.”

Shakespeare at Notre Dame Website

Shakespeare cast in elaborate costumes on stage

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

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Actors From the London Stage

Actors From the London Stage

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Shakespeare in Prisons

Shakespeare in Prisons

Snite Museum of Art

Considered one of the finest university art museums in the United States, the Snite Museum of Art has a permanent collection that contains more than 28,000 works and represents many of the principal cultures and periods of world art history. The Snite provides students, faculty, staff, and the community myriad opportunities to enjoy, respond to, learn from, and be inspired by original works of art. An integral part of the University, the museum supports teaching and research, furthers faith-based initiatives for greater internal diversity, and service to the external community, and reflects the traditions and values of Notre Dame.

Snite Museum Website

Nature photo of Sculpture Park depicting a pond and trees

Sculpture Park Creates Public Space for Contemplating Nature and Art

Sculpture Park Website

Sculpture Park Creates Public Space for Contemplating Nature and Art

Eight students working on an art project

Annual exhibition of culminating works by students in Art, Art History, and Design

Annual exhibition of culminating works by students in Art, Art History, and Design