Our community of artists is a thriving one. Both on campus and off, UVM and Burlington are known for the unique artistic spirit that surfaces in the concert halls, historic theaters, off-the-beaten path art studios, museums, clubs and classrooms. At the heart of the academic arts at UVM are world-class artists who also love to teach. Explore the Arts at UVM.

Arts and Academics

The arts are well represented in UVM's academic program — whether it’s sculpting, music lessons, acting, ballet or a host of other endeavors, you can make your artistic interests part of your academic program by taking classes for credit, or even become so involved that it becomes your minor. Of interest to first-years: an Integrated Fine Arts program where students can study multiple areas of the arts at once.

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Art History

Students interested in Art History can major or minor in the discipline, and intern at local institutions such as the Fleming Museum, Shelburne Museum and Burlington City Arts. More competitive internships have recently been arranged at the Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Christie's New York and ARTnews.

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Studio Art

Interested students can major in Studio Art with courses available in ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, digital art, graphic design and film. Exhibition spaces on campus are numerous, artists of international stature are invited to campus through the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Art.

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The Dance Program encourages student work which often intersects with academic majors featuring themes from the environment to psychology. Performances and concerts include faculty, student, and guest artist choreography. Dancers participate in the American College Dance Association conferences and partner with Vermont schools. Clubs for all feature Celtic dance, a dance team, dance company, salsa, swing and more.

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Film and Television studies at UVM has brought many opportunities for lovers of film and TV to campus -- regardless of major. Film opportunities on campus are everywhere -- from campus film festivals to movie screenings to free movies for students on Mondays at Burlington's Roxy independent cinema. Student clubs like UVMtv and the film club provide alternative ways to get involved.

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Each semester, the Music Department's recital hall hosts around 30 concerts. UVM ensembles range from the Catamount Singers to the Jazz Vocal Ensemble; from Latin Jazz Ensemble to Percussion Ensemble -- and beyond. Students from all majors within the university are vital participants in ensembles and classes. In addition, the Department of Student Life brings hot bands to campus each year for all students to enjoy (think: the Easy Star Allstars, Ratatat, more). UVM's Lane Series presents 20-25 events per-year including chamber music, film, opera, jazz, world music, etc.

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Theater at UVM puts on several main stage productions each year, in addition to an annual holiday presentation and a weekend of one-act plays. The department also brings visiting guest lecturers to campus; past lecturers have included the playwrights Tony Kushner and Paula Vogel. The UVM Players — a student group run by students — offers additional opportunities for students to explore theatre during their time at UVM.

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Local Arts and Culture

The City of Burlington has a thriving arts scene, and the local and campus arts are inextricably intertwined. From film festivals to art hops and open studios in the revitalized Burlington South End. From Broadway acts at the historic Flynn Theater to hot rock and indie groups on the many stages around town. Festivals include but are not limited to Burlington Discovers Jazz, Vermont International Film Festival and Lake Champlain Bluegrass.

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Pursue writing at UVM; there is rich opportunity to hone your craft through publications and collaborative programs.

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