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A New Era of the Arts at SCU

Introducing the 2016 Frank Sinatra Chairs

Scholar-Artist-in-Residence Anna Deavere Smith and Artists-in-Residence Silk Road Ensemble will be on campus throughout the year, working with students and putting on public performances. Visit our website

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

The award-winning performer brings a unique blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.


Silk Road Ensemble

Silk Road Ensemble

Representing a global array of traditions, Silk Road musicians are passionate about cross-cultural understanding and innovation.

Sandra Milena Gómez performs XLIII: A Contemporary Requiem, a dazzling site-specific immersive performance produced by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and Montalvo Arts Center in association with Santa Clara University's Chamber Singers.

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Departments and Programs

Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History integrates theory with practice, providing students in studio art with a foundation in art history and art history students with practical experience in the process of making art.

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Theatre and Dance

"Perform meaningfully" is an invitation and challenge, whether in classes or performances at SCU, on the Broadway stage, as professionals in myriad disciplines, or as teachers in service to others. SCU help prepare students for their commitments.

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Music has been a vital presence at SCU since 1851, when the University was founded. The Department of Music provides an intellectual and stimulating artistic environment fostering individual expression and creativity through the study of music and musical performance.

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Digital Filmmaking

Found within the Communication Department, this program teaches visual expression skills in the interpretation and production of documentary, fiction, and experimental films. Students learn from filmmakers and scholars who integrate their teaching, creative work, and scholarship.

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Creative Writing

An SCU English degree provides a set of writing and analytical skills that can lead you down any number of paths—in the arts, education, technology, policy, business, and more. Our students study and produce writing that moves readers, changes lives, and transforms the world.

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The Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building

The new home for the arts at SCU.

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NoMA - The New Home for Arts at SCU

North of Mission Arts.

The de Saisset Museum

Virgin Landscape Representations of Women and the American West on view through March 19, 2017.