Who do you want to be? And what do you want to do?
If you love creating art — whether it’s music, theatre, dance, visual art, or design — those two questions are intimately intertwined. In the moment of artistic creation, whether onstage, in a studio, or creating on a laptop, you are an artist and what you’re doing is art.
Whether you want to create, perform, teach or help others, Converse University’s School of the Arts will guide you to think critically about the work you’re making, collaborate with others, and encourage you to create groundbreaking work in an array of art disciplines. Our programs prepare you for paths as teachers, creators, performers, therapists, and designers through deep scholarship, transformative mentorship and experiential learning.
Converse University’s School of the Arts unites three areas — the Department of Art & Design, the Department of Theatre & Dance, and the Petrie School of Music — in one promise: we will prepare artists to live lives of passion, commitment, and joy. And our Creativity That Works curriculum will enable you to transform your art into a flourishing career.
Converse’s Creativity That Works curricular initiative infuses career preparation into every year of every arts curriculum, so our graduates are thoroughly prepared for the world waiting for them.
But to have a truly great college experience, artists need more than a great curriculum: they need a great community. Our faculty are nationally renowned experts in their fields, and, just as important, they’re devoted to challenging and nurturing you to bring out your very best. And at Converse, your classmates will be your biggest supporters and cheerleaders at every step of your journey.
So come join us. Be the artist you want to be, and live the life you want to live.
Dean of the School of the Arts