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Department of Fine and Performing 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 can prepare you for careers in music, theatre, art, as well as other professions.

Saint Louis University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts is made up of four programs: art history, music, studio art and theatre. Each emphasizes a different discipline but all encourage reflection on the world around us through art. In this way, we discover an excellent opportunity to study humanity, aesthetics and cultural practices through theory and practice.

Art History

SLU's art history program examines the significance of art across cultures and throughout history, keeping a critical eye to contexts in which it was created.


SLU's music program allows you to master your musical talents while working under the close tutelage of a faculty of professional musicians.

Studio Art

SLU's studio art program teaches you  to see and think a like visual artist, utilizing many media to express your ideas.


SLU's theatre program collaborates as a theatrical company, fostering commitment to the group while strengthening your abilities in performance, design, direction and management.

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.