Academic Programs

Student Arts at UR

The arts are essential to the education and creative engagement of every UR student. At the University of Richmond, students study the arts, through theory and practice, mentored by world-class faculty in highly personalized, small group settings.

Undergraduate programs are offered in Art and Art History, Dance, Music, and Theatre, and a concentration in Arts Management. Students do not need to be a major or minor to take a class in the arts, although some prerequisites may apply for higher level courses.

Department of Art and Art History 

The study of art at the university level, embedded in the ideals of a liberal arts education, allows students to develop both their creativity and their critical faculties through visual media. Visual and Media Arts Practice and Art History have separate curricula, but links between the two, and other disciplines, are encouraged. 

Department of Music  

Hundreds of students make music every week through the Department of Music. The Department of Music welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests in music, and provides pathways for performers, listeners, scholars, and creators of all kinds. Students integrate creative and practical musical skills with critical thinking and intellectual inquiry — empowering them for a lifetime of learning. The curriculum trains students in music performance, composition, industry, and research, and cultivates the creative habits of mind that make our majors competitive in a wide range of careers. Learn more about the Department of Music through these videos on courses and faculty scholarship.

Department of Theatre and Dance  

Where creativity matters and all students are welcome. And where you can do it all. Acting. Directing. Dancing. Choreography. Playwriting. Lighting Design. Scenic Design. Costume Design. Stage Management. Solo Performance. Theatre for Social Change. World-class theatre artists and choreographers engage with students in solving complex problems through high impact learning experiences that critically investigate the world through creative processes. 

Arts Management  

Students majoring or minoring in an academic arts program are able to participate in this  interdisciplinary concentration that combines artistic sensibilities with business acumen.

Performance and Exhibition Spaces 

Alice Jepson Theatre, Camp Concert Hall, Cousins Studio Theatre, Perkinson Recital Hall, Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, and Visual Arts and Media Practice Gallery.

Student Studio Space  

The Modlin Center for the Arts is home to a variety of well-equipped, state-of-the-art spaces to learn, practice, and perform. From rehearsal rooms to collaborative spaces to labs students have access to inspiring spaces to support their experience at the University of Richmond. Discover the spaces where you can explore the arts. 

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