The advantages of studying the arts at KU

  • Students are involved in creative research from their freshman year
  • There are many opportunities to exhibit, participate in theatre and dance productions, and work on film crews.
  • Join other students and the SOTA Student Advisory Board in activities that connect students across the school and university, and in the community.
  • Every SOTA department and major has organizations that involve students in the arts beyond the classroom.
  • Attend performances and meet visiting artists and scholars each year.
  • The SOTA Student Travel Fund supports students' professional development and travel to study, take master classes, and attend and present at conferences.
  • Scholarships! SOTA departments awarded over $500,000 in scholarships last year.


Part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts is located in four specifically designed and equipped buildings with dedicated studios, labs, practice rooms and performance spaces.  Here, we learn without boundaries.

Robinson Center, Dance Department. 3 large studios with basket-weave floors. A black box theatre seating 125.

Oldfather Studios, Film & Media Studies Department. A production facility, sound stage, animation, digital editing, computer labs, Red Camera.

Murphy Hall, Theatre Department.  3 performance spaces: Crafton-Preyer & William Inge, and Stage Too! Theatres. Costume and property shops, classrooms and rehearsal spaces. A script library.

Art & Design Building, Visual Art Department.  130,000 sq ft building with gallery, computer labs, common shop, foundry, darkrooms.  Dedicated studios for weaving, textiles, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, installation & performance, and visual art education.  On West Campus: An Anagama kiln.


Useful Links

School of the Arts Graduation Ceremony

RSVP, student and guest information, and photos

Student Travel Fund

Information, application, and deadlines

Student Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Information, application, deadlines and completed projects

Faculty Resources

GRF information, Faculty travel, Sabbatical, etc.

Upcoming in the School of the Arts
Travel Fund Deadline Information

We are now accepting applications for travel from April 11, 2014 - October 10, 2014. Please submit your application in PDF format to (preferred) or by hard copy to 200 Strong Hall no later than

5:00 p.m. April 11, 2104


Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
  • $260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times