Spotlight on Arts

School of the Arts

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.

Let the countdown begin: Fitzhenry Studios and Atrium beginning to take shape

On Monday, ground was broken at a facility that will reinvigorate and revolutionize McMaster's fine arts community.

Full speed ahead on the Fitzhenry Studios and Atrium. From left to right: Cassandra Ferguson, a student artist at McMaster; Judy Major-Girardin, associate professor, School of the Arts; Patrick Deane, McMaster president and vice-chancellor; Robert Fitzhenry, alumnus and project benefactor; Ken Cruikshank, dean, Faculty of Humanities; Mary Williams, vice-president, University Advancement.

So, you want to join a SOTA ensemble...

Congratulations to Kendra Oudyk, winner of the 2014 Bedford Piano Competition

Bedford Piano Competion winner Kendra Oudyk (center)

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