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We provide fine arts education and a center for cultural events, while engaging with our community.

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The School of Fine Arts provides a center for the visual and performing arts on campus and builds a cultural bridge to the greater regional community.

SFA offers varied degree programs in three academic departments -- Art & Design, Music, and Theatre. Grounded in the liberal arts and supported by faculty representing the best of the professional and scholarly worlds, these programs empower students to tailor their academic experience according to their personal and professional goals. Students are encouraged to extend their creative output beyond the classroom, in campus productions, concerts, and exhibits, and through interdisciplinary collaborations and global engagement that challenges them to redefine the role of the arts in our rapidly changing world.

Offering a varied calendar of visual and performing arts events to UMD students and the local community, SFA reaches beyond traditional academic programming in several ways. SFA preserves and promotes the arts through the Tweed Museum of Art, which showcases local and internationally renowned visual artists, and at Glensheen, the Historic Congden Estate on the shores of Lake Superior open to the public year-round. SFA also fosters the development of artists through the Viz and MMad Labs, which support faculty and student research in the arts, and through the Fine Arts Academy, a community arts education program with courses for people of all ages and levels of experience.