Acting provides rigorous, conservatory training within a university setting, with curriculum focused in acting, speech, voice and movement.
Architectural Design Fabrication
This is a minor for students who want to develop expertise in analog and digital material methods for shaping the built environment and making as a mode of architectural research and cultural expression.
This is a minor for students who want to understand the history of architecture through time and cultural context.
Architectural Representation and Visualization
This is a minor for students who want to develop skills in architectural representation and gain advanced placement in the School of Architecture's Computational Design masters program.
This is a minor for students who want to develop intellectual links to the technical aspects of the architecture profession.
Students can pursue a career as a licensed architect though the B.Arch program, or pursue a B.A. degree that allows and encourages interdisciplinary exploration. The minor degree is available for students who intend to develop intellectual links to the architectural profession.
By combining conceptual thinking with hands-on studio work, students harness their knowledge, passions and perspectives to create art that both engages with and shapes the world.
Building Science is for students who want to deepen their knowledge in the building sciences or gain advanced placement in the School of Architecture's Building Performance and Diagnostics or Sustainable Design master's programs.
BXA: Computer Science and Arts
Created by the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science, this program gives students an ideal technical and artistic foundation so they can pursue fields that blur the lines between technology and the arts, like game design, computer animation, robotic art and more.
BXA: Engineering and Arts
The additional major in Engineering and Arts is designed for students who’d like to incorporate interdisciplinary study in the fine arts with their primary major in engineering.
BXA: Engineering Studies and Arts
The major in Engineering Studies and Arts provides depth and breadth in dual fields to creatively advance maker culture and positively influence our world.
BXA: Humanities and Arts
The Bachelor of Humanities and Arts intercollege degree program is designed for students who’d like to integrate their interests in the humanities/social sciences and the fine arts.
BXA: Science and Arts
The Bachelor of Science and Arts intercollege degree program is designed for students who’d like to integrate their interests in science/mathematics and the fine arts.
This minor is available to piano majors who are interested in developing skills in collaborative piano, working closely with vocalists and instrumentalists.
This degree program strongly emphasizes contemporary music within a technologically innovative university setting, where students work closely with professional composers and student ensembles.
Computational Design is for students who want to engage with computation as a vehicle of generative, material and spatial design exploration and who want to explore designing, making and theory.
This minor is designed for music students interested in conducting that demonstrates leadership and organizational skills.
Students will explore experimental approaches to art making such as street art, participatory art, urban interventions, interactive social media, public installations and politically engaged art.
The School of Drama Costume Design program produces innovative leaders in the design and production fields of clothing for the stage, television and film industries.
The major has three tracks of specialization (Products, Communications and Environments) that emphasizes the importance of designing for interactions between people, the built world and the natural world. The minor allows students to incorporate design into their area of study.
While honing their creative skills in classrooms, workshops and full studio productions, students explore techniques of directing for the stage, digital platforms and beyond. PLEASE NOTE: ADMISSION TO THE JOHN WELLS DIRECTING PROGRAM HAS BEEN PAUSED FOR FALL 2024.
The Drama major is a rigorous conservatory program that provides classical theater training while incorporating contemporary changes to the discipline. The Drama minor provides students with a well-rounded opportunity to obtain preliminary professional exposure to the theater arts.
Dramaturgy is a rigorous, highly structured academic and artistically focused program that provides students with a strong background in theatrical practice, dramatic literature and humanities.
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Photography
In our image-saturated culture, CMU’s 2D classes challenge students to find new ways that this work can confront complex and timely ideas.
Electronic and Time-Based Media
Across all courses in this area, students will harness emerging technologies to investigate complex questions of how technology shapes society and how artists can co-opt technology to subvert it for creative expression.
This innovative degree program offers instruction in emerging sound design, computer-based music generation, electronic performance and more, while also training students in traditional music methods.
This degree offers intense focus on instrumental performance practice through private lessons, studio classes, ensembles and a broad range of academic and musical studies.
Lighting Design is an integrated, hands-on program committed to teaching leadership in the world of theater design and technology through practical, theoretical and conceptual lighting design and production.
This minor is available to non-music majors who are interested in furthering their music knowledge at the university level and participating in an elective studio (studio fee is charged).
Music and Technology
This flexible, interdisciplinary program is designed for students pursuing a career in music technology, providing instruction in music, computer science, and electrical engineering.
This minor provides both music majors and non-music majors with instruction in sound recording and music technology, as well as basic music courses.
Music Theater provides rigorous, conservatory training within a university setting, with curriculum focused in acting, speech, voice and movement, plus advanced classes in singing, dance and music theater styles.
This minor is available to music majors and non-music major students who are interested in furthering their studies in the field of music theory. For music majors, graduate courses may be taken with the permission of the instructor.
This minor provides non-music majors with instruction in musicology and basic music courses.
This minor exposes students to the breadth of photography, offering experiences from traditional photography to digital shooting and output. Students will learn a variety of photography techniques, history and significant practitioners and develop their own distinct engagement with the medium.
This degree is based on private studio instruction, further enhanced by training in collaborative piano, keyboard harmony and chamber music.
This program allows students to explore the technology behind live performance and engage in the design and engineering of the systems and networks utilized in production.
This program prepares students for careers as scenic designers, art directors and production designers for theater, film, television, opera, dance and events.
Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work
This area embraces the challenging and ever-evolving definition of sculpture and its role in society.
The School of Drama Sound Design program teaches students the technical and conceptual practices necessary for designing and integrating audio elements into a production.
Stage and Production Management
This concentration provides specialized undergraduate training in both stage and production management with broad training in the facilitation of the arts in today’s professional environment.
This program provides the technologists of the future with an intensive, undergraduate conservatory curriculum designed to synthesize academic development and theater production experience.
Video & Media Design
Video and Media Design is a conceptually rigorous, hands-on, and innovative program, which teaches advanced technical skills in a critical context.
This program offers a well-rounded, technical approach to vocal performance with on-stage opera performance experience and training in drama, dance and foreign language.