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 Ernest Sandeen memorial reading

Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading With Philip Levine and Christina Pugh

Watch “Philip Levine reads at Ernest Sandeen inaugural Memorial event”

Poster for the Steve Tomasula reading

Steve Tomasula Reads From Once Human: Stories

Watch “Steve Tomasula Reading”

Book cover with the title Re: Visions

Creative Writing Publications and Bookshelf

Faculty Publications

Graduate Publications

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.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Website

Group photo of Third Coast Percussion

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.

Watch “Wild Sound - a new project from Glenn Kotche”

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

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

Two actors from the production Out of Orbit

ND Theatre NOW! Features Original Student Plays

ND Theatre NOW! Features Original Student Plays

A young student performing

26th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

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.

Department of Music Website

Gesualdo String Quartet performing on stage

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.

Artists in Residence

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

poster for Noye’s Fludde

An Interactive Community Experience: Noye’s Fludde

Noye’s Fludde

poster for Notre Dame Children’s Choir and J.J. Wright Trio Perform Jazz Vespers Service

Notre Dame Children’s Choir and J.J. Wright Trio Perform Jazz Vespers Service

Notre Dame Children’s Choir and J.J. Wright Trio To Perform A Jazz Vespers In Chicago

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

Two male actors laughing and wearing hats

Actors From the London Stage

Actors From the London Stage

Theater interior showing the attendees and two people and stage

Shakespeare in Prisons

Shakespeare in Prisons Conference

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

Watch “Sunset, Notre Dame Sculpture Park”

The front of the Snite Museum of Art

Third Thursdays at the Snite: For the Intellectually Curious and Socially Adventurous

Snite Museum Events