To study the Arts at Trinity is to learn alongside acclaimed faculty and artists, engage in unparalleled urban and global experiences, and experiment across interdisciplinary boundaries.
Trinity’s faculty in the Arts are creative, award-winning teachers and publicly engaged artists and scholars, with global reach. They have received prestigious grants, and their work is celebrated internationally.
Art Venues on Campus
Several spaces on campus are focal points for the arts and community building: Austin Arts Center; Widener Gallery; Crescent Center for Arts and Neuroscience (C-CAN); Gruss Music Hall; Wiggins Sculpture Studio; Trinity’s vibrant art collection; the student-run Mill; and the iconic Cinestudio.
Arts in the City
Being in a culturally diverse urban setting means that the city, along with its numerous performance spaces and highly regarded museums, including the Wadsworth Atheneum (the oldest continually operating public art museum in the country), serve as living classrooms for students. Trips to performances in New York City also supplement in-class learning.
Trinity’s Arts Festivals
Each spring Samba Fest and International Hip-Hop Festival are immensely popular events, highlighting our urban-global identity and providing students with unique learning opportunities.
Global Study in the Arts
Students can study acting, dance and performance at the incredible LaMaMa program; Caribbean art, music, and film in our Trinidad program; and art history in Rome, Barcelona, or Paris.
Innovative Academic Programs
An InterArts Gateway program supports first-year students, who form a learning community of engaged artists. In addition to majors in Art History, Studio Arts, Music, Film Studies, and Theater and Dance, Trinity has innovative minors in Music Production, Art History, and Architectural Studies. Students interested in the Arts can also explore connections across disciplines, including with STEM fields and with world regions, especially Caribbean and Latin American Studies as well as Asian Studies.
Community learning opportunities abound for students interested in engaging in the city and the public arts. Over 60% of Trinity students majoring in the arts engage in independent projects for credit, and about the same number complete a thesis. Complementing their academic courses, students have countless opportunities to participate in performances, ensembles, choirs, and a capella groups — a longstanding tradition at Trinity.