Art is a privileged way in which humanity learns to express itself, to innovate, and to create, reminding us of the uniqueness of the human spirit. The arts at Notre Dame reflect the diversity and cultures of a student body drawn from all 50 states and 100 countries. With more than 900 arts events annually and numerous programs and departments, the Notre Dame campus offers a variety of opportunities for students to share their expression.
The University is home to one of the nation’s premier art museums and is a world leader in new traditional architecture. Our students may choose from programs in architecture, visual and performing arts, and scholarly arts while enjoying numerous resources in our libraries and special collections.
Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park
The Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park features works of art in a natural environment on the south end of campus. It is part of a developing arts district in this area of campus, with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the new Walsh Family Hall of Architecture.
This exhibition space in downtown South Bend enables engagement with community organizations and the general public.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
A superb rendering of Notre Dame's traditional collegiate gothic architecture conceived on a massive, 150,000-square-foot scale, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is situated on the southern edge of campus, the center features five main venues:
- Browning Cinema
- Chris and Anne Reyes Organ and Choral Hall
- Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Concert Hall
- Patricia George Decio Theatre
- Regis Philbin Studio Theatre
Snite Museum of Art
Recognized among the nation's premier university art museums with a collection of more than 23,000 works, the Snite Museum regularly hosts world-class exhibits and provides a venue for student creations through the annual B.F.A./M.F.A. candidates thesis exhibition.
Walsh Family Hall of Architecture
Designed for architects and future architects, the building symbolizes the mission of the Notre Dame School of Architecture to educate architects and urbanists who design and build—not just for today’s needs, but also for the benefit of future generations.
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 performance, music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology in collaboration with a professionally accomplished faculty of performers and scholars.
Creative Writing Program
The Creative Writing Program is a course of study with the flexibility for students to initiate a variety of literary lives through exposure to a range of aesthetics, a global literary orientation, coursework in historical and contemporary literary forms, and interaction with visiting authors and scholars.
School of Architecture
The school emphasizes classical and vernacular architecture within traditional urbanism; principles that encourage community, harmony with nature, and economy of resources and energy. The school is part of a continuum from the past to the future, learning and inventing from it—carrying it forward with timeless ideals and cutting-edge technology.
Shakespeare at Notre Dame
Shakespeare at Notre Dame is a regional center for Shakespearean scholarship, production, educational outreach, and academic research. It combines programs as far-reaching and diverse as Actors From The London Stage, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, visiting guest artists and lecturers, touring productions, and new media library collections. Collectively these endeavors ensure Notre Dame’s status as a nationally visible—and the Midwest’s preeminent—venue for Shakespeare studies.
Center for Creative Computing
The Center for Creative Computing was created in 2003 by the College of Arts and Letters to provide leadership and resources to support and encourage specialized and advanced computing technologies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The center fosters initiatives in research and teaching that seek new paradigms of literacy through a critical and creative exploration of emerging forms of visual communication.