Welcome to the School of the Arts (SOTA) where we offer intensive programs in Studio Art, Art History, Music & Music Cognition and Theatre & Film Studies. SOTA’s faculty recognize the integral role of the arts in individual and public well-being, community building, inclusivity, and global awareness. We offer a unique balance of hands-on and experiential opportunities combined with historical, theoretical and critical approaches. Our students study the social and cultural implications of the arts, and they collaborate with faculty in studio and laboratory settings, mount and critique exhibitions and theatrical productions, and train as solo and ensemble performers.
SOTA graduates are resourceful, innovative, and highly adaptable learners who can navigate the social, cultural, and economic complexities of the contemporary world and contribute in a meaningful way to the decision-making processes of their societies.
As the arts hub at McMaster, SOTA organizes and hosts concerts, exhibitions, performances, visiting artists, and workshops, which connect our faculty to the vibrant cultural communities of downtown Hamilton, and bring our students into direct engagement with the public at large.
Art students enrolled in ART 3BA3 (Book Arts) visited the 21st floor of the Stelco Tower in downtown Hamilton. From this bird's eye view of the city the class will be generating images for hand made books focusing on the city.
Takeda/McMaster Art Competition awards $2000 to Abedar Kamgari
Art student Abedar Kamgari has an opportunity to apply her studio skills to a community-placed, commissioned work of art thanks to an art competition provided through the Takeda Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at Takeda Canada Inc.
Abedar responded to this year’s theme, Committed to Canadians, with a proposal to weave a unique work of art using hand-dyed and Canadian made materials. The resulting work will receive a $2000 purchase prize and hang in the Oakville pharmaceutical company collection. Abedar is delighted to receive public recognition and monetary reward for her art while she pursues her McMaster BFA degree.
Dr. Michael Schutz is the 2014 recipient of the Petro Canada Young Innovator Award. Dr. Schutz and his student researchers in the MAPLE Lab (Music Acoustics Perception and Learning) are studying differences in the brains of professionally trained musicians and those without formal training.
Congratulations to Kendra Oudyk, winner of the 2014 Bedford Piano Competition