The Arts

  • Graduate Arts programs include: Art History (MA), Arts Management (MA), Audio Technology (MA), Creative Writing (MFA), Studio Art (MFA)
  • The arts offers artistic development as well as practical research, professional, and technological skills needed for creative industries. Graduates go on to work in performing arts facilities, produce art exhibits, publish books, and pursue doctoral programs in fields like Art History, among other career trajectories.
  • The Katzen Arts Center hosts the visual and performing arts program and features a 30,000 square foot AU Museum with a variety of gallery spaces for exhibitions.
  • AU hosts unique conferences and seminars including the Emerging Arts Leadership Symposium, the Feminist Art History Conference, and the Visiting Writer’s Series.

The Arts and Humanities, to me are a fundamental part of training students in really any discipline because they are about communication. And they're about connection and they're about creativity.

You are prepared for a wide variety of career fields. And I think in today's economy, you really have to be flexible. And when you have a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, it allows you to do that

Faculty mentorship has played a really big role. I think in my experience here giving me the sort of academic support that I need to be able to sharpen my skills and develop myself as an art historian.

It's important for students to understand both the professional and policy sides of their fields. So faculty work very hard to make sure that whatever we teach the students is theory based, but has an applied outcome.

Here in DC where, you know, we have like the Smithsonian, we have the National Gallery of Art, but we also have a lot of government agencies and nonprofits,

students can get internships with these organizations. Learn about grant writing as well.

Being able to intern at the National Gallery of Art, I was able to make plenty of connections.

The faculty at AU are incredibly well connected, the alumni networks are very robust and very generous.

I recently got a job working with a small publishing company.

We have students that work for the BBC, NPR, WAMU, Library of Congress, Brookings Institution, they go out they get jobs and then other AU students following in their wake.

One of our fellows right now is in charge of programming for the Kennedy Center's reach program. Another one is working with the National Symphony Orchestra. Another student is working in the development department at Strathmore. So these are positions that where the students come to class, and then are able to immediately apply what they learn in major arts organizations around the region.