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The College of Fine Arts

Shaping humanity, one masterpiece at a time.

"Remember that Carnegie Mellon and the School of Drama are not just places that end after four years. CMU is a continual universal happening. I still remember the motto – ‘My heart is in the work.’ I plan on returning there some day. I want to teach and pass the legacy on."
Antwayn Hopper, Actor '07

Where styles intersect to create work that inspires.

In the College of Fine Arts — one of the first comprehensive arts training institutions founded in the country — you’ll unite with curious, passionate, innovative artists, musicians, architects, dramtics and designers across disciplines. From design that solves societal challenges to concertos that push the boundaries of musical pedagogy, you’ll pursue work in our studios and on our stages that sparks conversation, shifts mindsets and reminds us what it means to be human.

First-Year Experience

Meld society with culture through critical inquiry and creative production. In your first year, you’ll work closely with your school or program to develop your talent and intellect within the arts, design, architecture and performance.

Schools and Undergraduate Programs

Take what you’re passionate about, and find the program that’s right for you.

School of Architecture

  • Bachelor of Architecture, 5-year program, NAAB-accredited
  • Bachelor of Arts, 4-year program
  • Minor in Architectural Design Fabrication
  • Minor in Architectural Representation and Visualization
  • Minor in Architectural Technology
  • Minor in Architecture
  • Minor in Architectural History
  • Minor in Building Science
  • Minor in Computational Design

School of Art

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Concentrations:
      • Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Photography
      • Sculpture, Installation and Site Work
      • Electronic and Time-Based Media
      • Contextual Practice
  • Minor in Art
  • Minor in Photography

School of Design

  • Bachelor of Design
    • Tracks:
      • Communications
      • Products
      • Environments
  • Minor in Design

School of Drama

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama
    • Programs and Options:
      • Acting
      • Design
        • Costume
        • Lighting
        • Scenic
        • Sound
        • Video & Media
      • Directing
      • Dramaturgy
      • Music Theater
      • Production Technology and Management
        • Production Technology
        • Stage & Production Management
        • Technical Direction
  • Minor in Drama

School of Music

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Music
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental Performance
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance
  • Bachelor of Science in Music and Technology
  • Minor in Collaborative Piano
  • Minor in Conducting
  • Minor in Music
  • Minor in Music Technology
  • Minor in Music Theory
  • Minor in Musicology


Office of Admission

Warner Hall
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
F: 412.268.7832


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High School Course Requirements

The programs in the College of Fine Arts have varying high school course requirements for admission. Review school-specific requirements:

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