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.
Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading With Philip Levine and Christina Pugh
Steve Tomasula Reads From Once Human: Stories
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Signature programs in the performing and cinematic arts, and arts education distinguish the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center as a leader in contemporary artistic programming. Through its Presenting Series, the University’s world-class performing arts presenter, and the Browning Cinema, the center collaborates with academic departments, commissions new works representing a wide range of genres, and supports a robust residency schedule of artists and filmmakers.
Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble-In-Residence, Performs World Premiere of Wild Sound
Commissioned by the University of Notre Dame, 2014’s Wild Sound premiere challenged the distinction between music and noise, instrument and everyday object, performance and daily life. Percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche’s field recordings meshed in live performance with choreographed construction and deconstruction of new instruments on stage. Kotche conceptualized the instruments, which were prototyped and built by College of Engineering students and faculty.
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 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.
ND Theatre NOW! Features Original Student Plays
26th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival
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.
Meet the Gesualdo String Quartet, in Residence at Notre Dame Since 2013
Named after Carlo Gesualdo, a composer of the late Renaissance who is noted for his expressive madrigals and sacred music, the Gesualdo Quartet features young musicians embarking on promising performing careers. The quartet plays the full range of chamber music with a particular interest in commissioning new work and working closely with composers.
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.
A Music Drama: “I Was Born For This”
An Interactive Community Experience: Noye’s Fludde
Notre Dame Children’s Choir and J.J. Wright Trio Perform Jazz Vespers Service
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.”
Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
Actors From the London Stage
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.