“I wanted to choose a college that understood how important collaboration is in film. SMU has helped me and my classmates find a healthy balance between competing with and challenging one another to become better artists – we foster relationships that we can take into our future careers. My ability to be creative is highly dependent on my environment. At SMU, I find myself free to express my creativity in ways that I may not have even expected.”
— Mollie Mulvey, Film major, outside the Angelika Film Center, Dallas.
Hear that applause? That's for you, as you unleash your creativity on campus and in Dallas, where the broad spectrum of resources for the arts will launch your career.
We’re firebrands for imagining and bringing to life the best of the human spirit. Here, the bold, curious and creative do what they love and love what they do, inspired by a city that invites them to “Live Large. Think Big.” Our vibrant community is a valuable extension of the classroom.
AWE-INSPIRING PERFORMANCE VENUES IN THE LARGEST CONTIGUOUS URBAN ARTS DISTRICT IN THE U.S.
SMU students dance at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House, act in hit productions at the Wyly Theatre and perform at other storied venues in the Dallas Arts District to gain a unique range of artistic experiences.
SMU ranks among the top 1% of highest-paid music graduates, according to College Factual 2018. The Hollywood Reporter ranked SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts among the top 25 schools internationally for an M.F.A. in acting. Meadows offers 11 areas of study in the visual, performing and communication arts with an innovative curriculum that encourages preparation for the marketplace, entrepreneurship and community impact. smu.edu/meadows
NATIONAL LEADER IN ARTS RESEARCH
SMU DataArts is SMU’s investment in big data and research with impact to help arts and cultural leaders nationwide make smarter decisions with data insights.
NATIONAL TREASURE OF BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITS AND INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE
As home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art in the world, SMU’s Meadows Museum is part of the creative capital on campus that prepares visionary artists and scholars. smu.edu/meadowsmuseum
LEARNING ON THE JOB
Recent Meadows graduate Andrew Oh is the writer and director of The Book of Job, a student-produced high school coming-of-age comedy.
Because of the importance Meadows places on being resourceful and having an enterprising spirit, Andrew, a film and media arts major, and his team created a budget and raised funds for the film, managed finances and handled marketing and promotion.
MARCHING TO HIS OWN BEAT
SMU music and electrical engineering double major Jay Appaji channeled his passion for rhythm and Indian percussion into research that focused on memory and how people’s brains process similarities and differences between separate passages of unfamiliar music.
After helping faculty set up a music cognition lab, Jay worked on his research and presented his findings in London, California, Montreal and Paris.
LIVE LARGE ON CULTURE
Art After Dark
- The Dallas Museum of Art – thousands of artworks from around the world, concerts, film screenings, tours, free admission on selected nights. dma.org
- Nasher Sculpture Center – urban retreat for modern and contemporary sculpture, outdoor concerts and film screenings. nashersculpturecenter.org
- Meyerson Symphony Center – home to SMU’s Meadows at the Meyerson concert. meyerson.dallasculture.org
- Winspear Opera House – Broadway blockbusters presented by the Dallas Opera. dallasopera.org
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