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Mission & Vision

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In the School of Fine Arts, we know where we are going and how we plan to get there.

Our Mission

The School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth educates students and the public in the visual and performing arts and serves as a cultural center for the campus and the surrounding region through creative activity, research, liberal education and public engagement. 

Our Vision

The School of Fine Arts will educate and create across its various units, and with disciplines across the university, as well as the local, regional, and global communities through:

Creative Exploration

by valuing the transferrable skills attained through a fine arts education in curricular and co-curricular settings and by inspiring the creative activity, artistic and scholarly exploration, and critical analysis integral to advancing society.

Interdisciplinary Education

by fostering a community of interdisciplinary learners enriched by meaningful experiences with the arts, by integrating innovative technologies as a pedagogical tool, by effectively implementing the liberal education program, by developing interdisciplinary curricula across the School of Fine Arts and across campus, and by cultivating an environment that encompasses the full landscape of learning.

Public Engagement

by providing public engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff and expanding collaborations with our local and regional communities.

Global Experience

by developing sustainable global collaborations and study abroad programs that engage a wide variety of cultures, becoming an intercultural catalyst in the local community, the region, and around the globe.