Areas to Support

Dean's Arts Excellence Fund

Contributions from the Arts Excellence Fund support many important programs for the division, helping students in need to stay in school and enhance student educational opportunities and faculty research.  Your gift is not only an investment in the academic quality of our programs, but also in the enrichment and vitality of the cultural life of our campus and the community.  Click here to support the Dean's Arts Excellence Fund.   


Gifts to the Art Department support the academic and artistic life of our students.  They help us reward the special achievements of our young artists and help us maintain equipment, studios, digital labs and exhibition spaces.  In addition, private support helps us to bring prominent artists and scholars to campus for lectures, demonstrations, and instruction.  Your donation directly increases the quality of our program and enhances learning.  Click here to make a donation.

Digital Arts and New Media (DANM)

The Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA Program is one of the university's most innovative graduate programs, drawing from over 60 faculty members in a wide range of disciplines to work with a select group of graduate students.  In this two-year MFA program, students develop highly advanced digital media art works and scholarly reserach supported by applied classes in art and technology combined with courses in the history and critical study of digital media in the arts.  This formula has proven successful in both attracting excellent students and producing top-notch professional.  Support this growing program. 

Film and Digital Media

The Film and Digital Media Department has built a vibrant community of scholars, artist and students who are committed to excellence in research and creativity.  The latest addition is our Ph.D. program, where these talented students have increased the vitality of our community, touching all areas of academic life and we are excited to see the graduate student body grow and mature.  Your gifts make it possible to faciliate improvements to computer labs, lighting studios, sound mixing spaces, production equipment, screening rooms, as well as helping us to expand our film media library.  Our Colloquium Series brings scholars and artists from around the country to stimulate the intellectual life of the community for faculty and students a like.  We hope to make this an annual series.  Your support makes it all possible.

History of Art and Visual Cultural (HAVC)

Donor support helps fund a number of professional and academic talks, including Enrique Martinez (Rhode Island School of Design) who spoke on how to become an architect, Lisa Bloom (UC San Diego) on climate change and feminist art, John Mraz (University of Puebla, Mexico) on photography and the Mexican Revolution.  A generous endowment made possible by Pat and Rowland Rebele gave Dr. Elisabeth Cameron the means necessary to lead an innovative yearlong series of courses on museum history and practice.  Our new Visual Studies Ph.D. program is up and running, as well as our inaugural Visual and Media Culture Colloquium hosted notable scholars including W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago), Kara Keeling (USC), and Faye Ginsburg (NYU).  Our donors enhance the department's mission, along with the academic and professional success of our students.    


Donations to our department make a major impact on the academic life of our students, enabling us to maintain instruments and rehearsal and performance spaces, along with state-of-the art equipment for recording and electronic/computer music.  They ensure that students have access to one-on-one performance instruction and to a wide variety of ensembles, including orchestra, opera, wind ensemble, choral groups, jazz ensembles, Balinese and Javanese gamelan, Latin American ensembles, and a newly-established Eurasian ensemble.  Our undergraduate program and our three graduate degress programs are greatly enhanced by the many symposia, festivals, and performances that take place at the Music Center. Our dedicated, professional faculty was ranked third in the nation according to a recent faculty productivity index produced by Academic Analytics.  Private philanthropy provides the ability to achieve excellence in our music programs. 

Theater Arts

Theater Arts aims to combine the advantages of conservatory-type training with those of a liberal education.  Donations make it possible to bring in a dozen top artists from across the country as guest speakers in our Senior Seminar Class to discuss the current state of the art with our students.  Master classes are taught by top professionals, and we are currently in the final planning stages of creating a new graduate program we hope to launch in the near future.  Your donations keep our department vibrant.

Sesnon Gallery

The Sesnon Gallery operates a museum oriented program for educational purposes. The gallery organizes an annual schedule of exhibitions that represents a broad range of methods, media and cultures, in a local, regional, and national context, with a focus on contemporary practice. The Sesnon Gallery works to integrate these programs and exhibitions into the lives of a broader community.  Support the Sesnon.