College of Architecture and The Arts
The College of Architecture and The Arts is comprised of the School of Architecture, School of Art and Art History, School of Music, and the School of Theatre, Dance and Speech Communication. The dynamics among the four different schools make the college unique with programs that focus on art, design, and performance. The college embraces the visual and performing arts as well as design, and occupies a unique position in South Florida where one can prepare for a career in architecture or the arts within a major research university. Instruction in the college is enriched by distinguished faculty of artists, designers, and performers who add dimensions of applicable experience, current issues, and ongoing research to the traditional concepts of disciplines and professions within the college.
The college promotes exploration, discovery, and innovation among its different programs and is strongly committed to interdisciplinary education breaking new ground in art, design and performance. Its diverse programs emphasize urban engagement and are informed by current thinking and new technologies.The college is devoted to the value of the human mind and its creative spirit in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of the imagination, intellectual curiosity, and artistic expression in our region and the world.
Developing connections with a wide range of programs and resources in the university, the college is dedicated to being engaged as a leader in art and design as well as in the performing arts in South Florida, the nation, and neighboring communities. Collaborations with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the Metropolitan Center, the Wolfonsian-FIU, Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust at Crane Point, the Concert Association of Florida, and the Università degli Studi di Genova offer students the opportunity to expand their ingenuity with a variety of resources.
We continue to extend the traditional boundaries of education to meet the contemporary challenges of a global economy with the collaboration of the schools that produce a remarkable rich environment for study. The fusion of essential disciplines with applied professions in the college provides both depth and liberty in learning. In the fields of architecture and art, the major emphases are on creative processes and studio work with a variety of supportive lectures and seminar programs.
In art history, the emphasis is on scholarly study of the arts through time; lectures, seminars, and independent research are conducted on campus and in museums and libraries throughout the South Florida area. Music emphasizes skills and knowledge that are fundamental to the entire discipline: music theory, music history, performance, aural and keyboard training, orchestration, composition, conducting, and ensemble participation.
Theatre majors study the arts that contribute to theatre production—acting, costuming, directing, design, playwrighting, and theatre administration. The dance program provides academic and artistic training in the study of expressive human movement, and seeks to foster the creative and critical thinking skills with an innovative curriculum that focuses on the vitality of dance. The speech communication program services various majors as course requirements and electives, and emphasizes practical communication skills grounded in theoretical bases. Students develop verbal, nonverbal, organizational and critical thinking skills that enhance their personal and professional lives.
Admission to the College of Architecture and The Arts is selective and competitive. For information on the College of Architecture and The Arts, see carta.fiu.edu.
The college offers academic programs leading to undergraduate degrees in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Art, Art History, Music, Music Education, Theatre and Dance.
The college offers academic programs leading to graduate certificates in History and Theory of Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.
Minor programs of study are offered in art, art history, music composition (for music majors only), theatre, and dance.
The college offers academic programs leading to graduate degrees in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Art, Music, and Music Education.
For more information, refer to the University Graduate Course Catalog.
College of Architecture and the Arts