Think Big. SMU & Dallas.

Big on Arts


"My dream is to play in a pit orchestra on Broadway. Getting classically trained in piano at SMU has helped me with technique and given me more confidence. I know I have the preparation – including playing internationally, in South Africa and Indonesia – to pursue the career I want."

— Sarah Lynn Woodruff, Music and Applied Physiology and Health Management double major, at the internationally acclaimed Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in The Dallas Arts District


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.

Dallas invites you to live large and think big. Big D animates this slogan spectacularly in its vibrant arts and culture environment. Dallas' size, diversity, world-class museums, including SMU's own Meadows Museum, and awe-inspiring performance venues make it a valuable extension of the classroom and create exceptional opportunities for imaginative students. Whether you're a student of communication, performing or visual arts, the creative spectrum of SMU and Dallas will prepare you for a career you will love.


Our students perform regularly in storied venues in the heart of The Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous arts district in the United States. From dancing at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House – called America's finest opera house by Opera magazine – to acting in hit productions at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, our students gain a unique range of artistic experiences in Dallas' leading arts institutions and performing arts spaces.


College Factual 2017 ranks SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts No.1 in the country for highest-paid music graduates. All incoming Meadows students enroll in FACE: First-year Arts Community Experience to learn how to establish a successful arts career by managing the financial and marketing aspects of the business. At Meadows, the flexibility of scheduling classes allows you to work on building your own portfolio. The proximity to downtown Dallas gives you countless opportunities to become an entrepreneurial artist.


World-class resources in Dallas abound, such as SMU’s Meadows Museum. Home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art in the world, the Museum presents blockbuster exhibitions that showcase its international influence.


SMU's National Center for Arts Research, the first of its kind in the country, makes SMU a national leader in arts research. NCAR’s annual Arts Vibrancy Index reveals hotbeds of arts and culture in its rankings of more than 900 communities nationwide.


Jackson FoleyThe Meadows School prepares visionary artists, scholars and arts and communications professionals to make an impact locally and globally.

  • Creative advertising major Jackson Foley, who turned a production internship with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert into a full-time job, attributes a lot of his internship success to skills he picked up in his Meadows Temerlin Advertising Institute courses.
  • SMU alumna and Akola Project founder and CEO Brittany Merrill Underwood’s partnership with Neiman Marcus extends the socially impactful reach of her nonprofit jewelry line, which has employed marginalized Ugandan women, to lift Dallas women out of poverty.


Is it possible to quantify the "cool" factor? Forbes 2017 can, and it puts Dallas at No. 4 in its list of America's Coolest Cities. Dallas beats a slew of East Coast and West Coast favorites, including New York and San Francisco.

Art After Dark
Say yes to dinner and art. Grab a bite at one of the restaurants at One Arts Plaza to begin a great evening out in The Dallas Arts District, where two museums are open late until midnight on selected third Fridays during the year.

The Dallas City Performance Hall showcases cultural performances and events by emerging and midsize organizations representing a variety of artistic disciplines.

Game On
Mustangs compete on 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams. And if that isn’t enough, Dallas will dial it up for you. Big D is home to five professional sports teams – the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, the Dallas Stars and America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys.

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