Areas of Study

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Performing arts, visual arts and communication arts. Working together.

SMU Meadows School of the Arts offers 11 areas of study within the visual, performing and communication arts. Outstanding conservatory training with a solid, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum is designed to bring out the potential in students and prepare them for the marketplace. More than 40% of Meadows students double major; innovative curriculum encourages talent, entrepreneurship and community impact.

Advertising

Meadows Advertising

The endowed Temerlin Advertising Institute, located in a top-five media market, prepares students for work in advertising agencies, media firms, corporate marketing departments and design studios. Ethics and responsibility dovetail with creativity and strategy; faculty members are prominent scholars and industry leaders.

Temerlin Advertising Institute
· Undergraduate Studies · Graduate Studies

Art

A student in the Division of Art

Sculpting, drawing, digital and more. Students work with multiple mediums to hone their artistic visions, led by faculty who challenge them to experience and articulate what is profound and significant about making art. The program includes visiting artists, projects and exhibitions on and off-campus, internships, the New York colloquium, Taos studies and more.

Division of Art
· Undergraduate Studies · Graduate Studies

Art History

A student explores the Meadows Museum

The Art History program emphasizes interdisciplinary creative/critical thinking and a global perspective, with faculty scholars mentoring students in the world of art, conservation, archaeology, museum management and other disciplines. Program opportunities include internships, an archaeological dig in Italy, access to world-class museums and much more. 

Department of Art History
· Undergraduate Studies · Graduate Studies

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Arts entrepreneurship professor Trey Bowles.

The business of art: right brain, meet left brain. As arts organizations today face both unprecedented opportunities and increased pressures, SMU Meadows prepares skilled administrators and leaders in the arts world. AMAE emphasizes entrepreneurship, management and community engagement.

Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship
· Undergraduate Studies · Graduate Studies

Communication Studies

Students participate in debate

Preparing students for the executive path in public relations, strategic communication, pre-law, politics and international advocacy. Rigorous academic program provides students with access to hands-on experiences such as working political national conventions; creating strategic plans for local nonprofits; developing projects funded by University grants and more.

Division of Communication Studies
· Undergraduate Studies

Creative Computation

Jampact performs at the Nasher Sculpture Center, backed by images from Creative Computation.

Highly rigorous and interdisciplinary, creative computation uses technology as a powerful medium to create 2D and 3D works of art, intelligent physical spaces and real-time interactivity. Taught by professors from SMU’s Meadows, Lyle and Dedman schools, students use code, Arduino boards, video walls and more to arrive at new iterations of expression and utility.

Creative Computation
· Undergraduate Studies

Dance

Meadows Dance students

One of the top universities in the U.S. offering both conservatory and liberal arts training, Meadows prepares students for the stage and for the marketplace. Coursework centers on ballet, modern and jazz, with student choreography as a major component throughout the program. Learn from accomplished faculty and international visiting artists. 

Division of Dance
· Undergraduate Studies

Film and Media Arts

Meadows film students

Students grow their creative vision with intensive training and close mentorship from industry-connected faculty. Opportunities include access to members of the Screen Writers Guild and participation in a feature-length film production. Internship opportunities include placements in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.

Division of Film and Media Arts
· Undergraduate Studies

Journalism

Students interview newsmakers and world leaders.

Study convergence journalism in Dallas, a top-five media market. The Division of Journalism teaches adaptability for reporting news across multiple media platforms - digital, mobile, print and broadcast - and offers specialties in business, sports, fashion media, religion and more. Internships and scholarships are available.

Division of Journalism
· Undergraduate Studies

Music

Percussion inside Caruth Auditorium.

The Division of Music is internationally recognized for its award-winning students, renowned ensembles and distinguished faculty of performers, composers and scholars.  Majors include performance, composition, music therapy, music education and more. Classes are taught by faculty, not grad students, and numerous performing opportunities are available. 

Division of Music
· Undergraduate Studies · Graduate Studies

Theatre

Theatre at Meadows

Theatre at Meadows is highly competitive. Students learn theatrical foundations using methods and practices from around the world, expanding beyond the traditional British and French training, and have multiple opportunities to be in on- and off-campus performances. Students expand their potential under the instruction of stellar faculty.

Division of Theatre
· Undergraduate Studies · Graduate Studies

Areas of Study

Advertising

Art

Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation

Dance

Film and Media Arts

Journalism

Music

Theatre

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