University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

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University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts
Type Public
Dean Michael S. Tick
Location Lexington, KY, USA

The College of Fine Arts mission embraces the concept that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community, and expresses this through a dedication to teaching, scholarly research, artistic experimentation, performance, and exhibition.

The college is composed of four academic units that directly serve the mission of the college: the School of Art and Visual Studies, the Arts Administration Program, the School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance. The Singletary Center for the Arts, the college's performing arts facility, supports the School of Music and presents national and international artists and speakers to facilitate the college's mission of providing artistic and cultural experiences for the education and benefit of students, the University, and the Commonwealth. The University of Kentucky Art Museum is Central Kentucky's premier accredited art museum with a collection of more than 4,500 objects. The Museum reaches more than 10,000 students and teachers annually throughout Kentucky.

The college offers Kentucky's most comprehensive array of educational programs devoted to the visual and performing arts. Degrees offered include the M.F.A., B.F.A., and B.A. in Studio Art, the B.A. and M.A. in Art Education and Art History and Visual Studies; the B.A. and M.A. in Arts Administration; the Ph.D., D.M.A., M.A., M.M., B.A., B.M., and B.M.M.E. in Music; and the B.A. in Theatre. Minors offered include Art History, Art Studio, Digital Media and Design, Photography, Interdisciplinary Minor in the Arts, Dance, Music Performance, Music Theory & History, Theatre, and Visual Studies.

The College of Fine Arts pursues excellence as it explores creativity, creative problem solving, analysis and discovery. Through this exploration the College reaches out to individuals to affect personal, economic and social change.

The arts index our culture and our collective humanity. The arts enhance the quality of the community as well as of the individual and they serve lifelong learning, The arts promote collegiality and collaboration. They foster understanding of others and an appreciation of the complexity of the human experience. As the only college of fine arts in Kentucky, the College takes its responsibility to foster, promote, analyze and create the arts for the benefit of the Commonwealth as the heart of its mission.

The college's administrative offices are located in Fine Arts Building, and also has facilities in the Singletary Center for the Arts, the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center and the Art and Visual Studies Building.

Departments and degree programs[edit]

Art & Visual Studies
  • BA in Art Education
  • BA in Art History and Visual Studies
  • BA in Art Studio
  • BFA in Art Studio
  • MA in Art History and Visual Studies
  • MA in Art Education
  • MFA in Art Studio


  • BM in Music Education
  • BM in Performance
  • BA in Music


  • MA in Musicology & Ethnomusicology
  • MA in Music Theory
  • MM in Music Therapy
  • MM in Composition
  • MM in Performance
  • MM in Conducting
  • MM in Sacred Music
  • MM in Music Education
  • PhD in Musicology & Ethnomusicology
  • PhD in Music Education
  • PhD in Music Theory
  • DMA in Conducting
  • DMA in Performance
  • DMA in Composition
  • Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy
  • Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk
Theatre & Dance
  • BA in Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Certificate
Arts Administration
  • BA in Arts Administration
  • MA in Arts Administration
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Digital Media and Design
  • Photography
  • Visual Studies
  • Music Theory and History
  • Music Performance (audition required)
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Interdisciplinary Minor in the Arts

Deans of the college[edit]

  1. J. Robert Wills, 1978-1982
  2. Richard Domek, 1982-1992
  3. Rhoda-Gale Pollack, 1992-1998
  4. Robert Shay, 1992-2010
  5. Michael S. Tick, 2010–present


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Coordinates: 38°02′13″N 84°30′07″W / 38.036994°N 84.501885°W / 38.036994; -84.501885