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The Arts — Academic Programs

The arts on campus begins in the classroom. Whether that classroom is a welding shop, dance studio, concert hall, or a game-design space, the lessons taught there come from innovative and expert faculty who contribute to the esteemed national rankings that many of the U's arts programs enjoy.

College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts is committed to shaping the future of classical and contemporary arts through rigorous training that balances professional discipline with personal creativity and artistic leadership. It combines creative and innovative instruction and offers renowned programs in music, dance, film, theatre, and the visual arts.

Art & Art History

Learn More About Art & Art HistoryThe dynamic environment created within the department is fertile ground for those serious about art making, research, critical discourse and teaching. Art & Art History mentors students in innovation, critical thinking, craft and exploration, and creates exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.


Learn More About BalletThe Department of Ballet is an educational training center that prepares majors for professional performing and teaching careers, and encourages creative and scholarly research in undergraduate and graduate students. A balanced and comprehensive curriculum leads to the BFA degree with an emphasis in Performance, Character Dance, or Teaching. Each emphasis is fully supported with opportunities for performance and/or choreography through participation in Utah Ballet, Character Dance Ensemble, Ballet Ensemble, Ballet Showcase, Senior Concert, the close association with Ballet West, and through teaching experiences and independent study courses.

Film & Media Arts

Learn More About Film & Media ArtsFilm & Media Arts offers study in history, criticism and theory, as well as the creative and technical aspects of cinema. The department provides a scholarly, creative and professional approach to the study of film and media arts as it facilitates students creative and scholarly pursuits.

Modern Dance

Learn More About Modern DanceThe Department of Modern Dance has a long, distinguished history of excellence that unites the world of academia with the world of professional dance. Ranked as one of the top programs in the country, our alumni have gone on to work internationally and nationally as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, videographers and administrators.


Learn More About MusicThe School of Music educates professionally-oriented students in composition, conducting, instrumental performance, jazz studies, music education, musicology, music theory, pedagogy and vocal performance. Through rigorous musical and academic experiences, students achieve excellence.


Learn More About TheatreThe Department of Theatre’s faculty provides academic training, engaged learning and creative exploration for prepared students who wish to pursue careers in theatre and related fields or advanced graduate education. The department is committed to the highest standards of excellence, embraces equity and diversity, and promotes personal wellness and responsibility. It supports teaching, creative work, scholarship, and service that make a positive difference.

Entertainment Arts & Engineering

Learn More About Entertainment Arts & Engineering This interdisciplinary program between the School of Computing and the Department of Film and Media Arts focuses on the art (and science) of creating video games, computer animation, and special effects. Students from both disciplines work closely throughout their academic careers, reflecting the same collaboration found in the entertainment industry. Entertainment Arts & Engineering is offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, where it was recently named the No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the nation. Game on!

The University of Utah’s Department of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s sophisticated early comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Terri McMahon, artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over 25 years, acting in nearly 50 productions, playing over 75 roles from Shakespeare, Moliere, and Ibsen to new works by Robert Schenkkan and Lynn Nottage. The production runs Oct. 20-29 in Studio 115.

Through witty and playful banter, Love’s Labour’s Lost tells the story of the King of Navarre and his three court followers, who swear they will speak to no women during their three-year “academy” study period. But the instant they take that vow, the Princess of France arrives with her three captivating female attendants, and all bets are off. Guest Director Terri McMahon says, Love’s Labour’s Lost has more sexual innuendo, more puns (just under 200), and more triple layers of philosophical meanings on top of the puns’ double meanings, that Shakespeare manages to out-funny bone any YouTube trender.” Verbal promiscuity threatens the social order in Love’s Labour’s Lost. It’s the women who prevent the disintegration of language, and by extension the social order, insisting on fidelity between word and meaning.  

Dates and Times: Previews Oct. 18 and 19 at 7:30P Show runs Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 26-29 at 7:30P with matinees on Oct. 28 and 29 at 2P
Location: Studio 115 in the Performing Arts Building, 240 S. 1500 East. Parking is available in the visitor's lot to the south of the theatre, at Rice-Eccles Stadium or on Presidents Circle.
Tickets: General Admission tickets are $18, University of Utah faculty and staff are $15, University of Utah students are free with UCard and all other students with valid student ID are $8.50. Tickets can be obtained by calling 801-581-7100, online at or at the Performing Arts Box Office, located at Kingsbury Hall. 

Audience Advisory: Sexual Innuendos
Age Recommendations: Ages 14+

The U Department of Theatre presents Shakespeare’s sophisticated early comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

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  • Last Updated: 6/20/17