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Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence 

Contributions from the Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence support many important programs for the division, helping students in need to stay in school and enhancing 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 research 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 professionals.  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, and 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.    

Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Gifts to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences support our current programming including innovative exhibitions, lively public events, and our residency program which features the work of nationally renowned artists and ground-breaking scientists and scholars. As the Institute harnesses the creative power of the arts and the sciences to explore big questions and critical issues of our time, its program reflects the distinct, interdisciplinary culture of UC Santa Cruz and its commitment to social engagement and public service.  The Institute invites collaboration and learning in all forms, for students and campus visitors alike.  Support this unique program.


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 degree 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.

Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery operates a museum oriented program for educational purposes. The gallery organizes annual 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 MPS Art Gallery works to integrate these programs and exhibitions into the lives of a broader community.  Support the MPS Gallery.