Saint Louis University

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts enriches students' lives through the arts. In the arts, one finds truth, beauty and the celebration of God's creation. As the arts reflect the world around us, they provide an excellent opportunity to study humanity, aesthetics and cultural values together with theory and practice. The study of the arts prepares students for careers in music, theatre, art as well as other professions outside the arts.

Four programs make up the Department of Fine and Performing Arts:

Art History        Music         Studio Art        Theatre

Within these programs, the Department awards four Bachelor of Arts degrees, six minor degrees. Learn more about each of these by viewing the program pages.

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts is located in Xavier Hall on the Saint Louis University campus, in the heart of Midtown St. Louis. You can reach our departmental office at (314) 977-2410 or email the department chair, Laura Franklin, D.M.A..

Click on a program below to see upcoming events in that area of study 

Studio Art
Art History

September Events

Studio Art - McNamee Gallery
Faculty Exhibition | Opening September 22, 4:30pm

Art History - Speaker Series
Bonnie Pitman | Tuesday, September 26, 4:30pm


Fine and Performing Arts Mission

The arts are integral to the moral foundations and the humanistic spiritual values embodied by the Jesuit educational mission. The arts reflect and shape society and have the power to advocate for positive social change. Teaching the history, theories, practices and critical analysis of the fine and performing arts leads students to examine, engage with, and add to the fullness of the human experience. Faculty and students of the department contribute to the cultural landscape of the University and the larger community through performances, exhibitions, presentations and publications. Students who experience the fine and performing arts at the University develop a deeper understanding of the full range of human expression.