School of Performing Arts

Overview

The School of Performing Arts is home to coursework, minors and immersions in the areas of music, theater, and the fine arts. The school offers the opportunity both in and out of the classroom to participate in musical ensembles, theater performances, and other experiential learning opportunities. We believe that the study of fine arts empowers our students to use technology in creative and innovative ways. The faculty come from a diverse range of scholarly, performance, and creative backgrounds and are highly respected scholars in their respective fields.

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events and performances in music, theater, and dance

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minors: Dance, music and technology, music performance, theatre arts, and threatre design and stagecraft

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immersions: Dance, music, theatre arts, and theatre design and stagecraft

Latest News

  • April 16, 2024

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    Six-hour RIT Unlabeled Music Festival takes over the SHED on April 20

    RIT's second annual Unlabeled Music Festival, part of SpringFest 2024, will showcase over 40 student acts across four stages in the innovative SHED building on April 20. From rock bands to a cappella and electronic music, the festival highlights the growing interest and talent in performing arts at RIT.

  • April 15, 2024

    a poster with dark pastel colors is shown with earth in the background and the silhouette of a mans face entering the frame from the left.

    RIT Singers team up with Madrigalia and RIT exhibitors

    The RIT Singers will join members of the local singing group Madrigalia to present a concert dedicated to protecting and sustaining the Earth, and revitalizing nature. Formed in 1975, the chamber choir has collaborated with local and international audiences as well as premiering new works.

  • April 11, 2024

    RIT’s Game Symphony Orchestra is shown rehearsing in a performance room.

    RIT’s Game Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music of video games

    Finals week is approaching and, in addition to studying, a club of students, nearly 150 strong, gather to perform “Snake Eater” from the video game Metal Gear Solid 3, the title theme from Octopath Traveler, and “The Battle at the Summit” from Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Minors and Immersions

The dance immersion provides you with an overview of dance by exploring its contemporary applications through experiential and academic methods. You will have the opportunity to actively experience, analyze, and participate in dance as an art form, exploration of movement, and as a means of creative and personal expression. The immersion requires you to complete a course focusing on world dance and cultures, which provides cultural perspectives and examine dance traditions and movement through historical, critical, artistic, and socio-cultural contexts.

This degree program is offered jointly between the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the College of Liberal Arts.

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The dance minor provides you with an overview of dance by exploring its contemporary applications through experiential and academic methods. You will have the opportunity to actively experience, analyze, and participate in dance as an art form, as an exploration of movement, and as a means of creative and personal expression. The minor requires you to take a an introductory course on world dance and culture, which provides cultural perspectives and examines dance traditions and movement through historical, critical, artistic, and socio-cultural contexts.

This degree program is offered jointly between the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the College of Liberal Arts.

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The music and technology minor includes courses in music theory, music history, contemporary and historical musical instrument technology, acoustics, audio engineering, music for media, and music performance. This minor provides students with an avenue to integrate their technological interests and skills with music.

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The immersion in music offers courses in the history, theory, and practice of music. Students with a background in music and/or a genuine desire to know more about the subject will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of various theoretical and historical aspects, as well as participate in performing groups at RIT.

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The music performance minor combines courses in music theory, music history, and world music with practical application through ensemble participation and applied music study. This combination of the academic and the practical offers students a more profound understanding of the art of music, and in a broader sense, an introduction to cultural development and the communication of ideas. A total of 15 credit hours from the suggested list of courses must be earned for the minor, with three credits in music theory and three credits from ensemble participation, required. Students can substitute 3 credits of Applied Music for three credits of ensemble, upon approval from the department of performing arts.

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The theatre arts immersion offers courses in dramatic literature, theatre history, theory, and practice. Students expand their knowledge of dramatic and theatrical arts as well as study the role and function of theatre in the broader contexts of history, culture, and the communication of ideas.

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The theatre arts minor provides an iterative balance of theory and practice that engages students intellectually and creatively. This combination of critical thinking and experiential learning offers students an in-depth understanding of the art of theater, as well as an introduction to the role of theater as both a form of commentary on, and as a reflection of, society and culture. The minor includes student participation in a minimum of three department sponsored theater productions via Theater Ensemble (FNRT-230) and Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis (FNRT-207).

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The theatre design and stagecraft immersion fosters an understanding and appreciation of the craft, theory, and art of design for theatre and dance. You will explore artistic, historical, and cultural aspects of design for diverse audiences.

This degree program is offered jointly between the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the College of Liberal Arts.

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The theatre design and stagecraft minor develops your understanding of the craft, theory, and art of design for theatre and dance. Courses explore the artistic, historical, and cultural elements of theatre design. Theoretical knowledge is balanced with experiential learning, obtained through the completion of required practicum experiences that involve participation in department productions. The minor is open to all hearing and deaf/hard of hearing students.

This degree program is offered jointly between the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the College of Liberal Arts.

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Student Resources

Learn more about practice room reservations, instrument storage and rental policies, and information on other performing arts offerings.

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