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  • Opening Night of Fall Major Production on November 11th

    CAS9 tells the story of a fictional McMaster Lab Director who is impatient with current legal restrictions that forbid using readily available technologies to modify the human genome in order to eliminate congenital conditions.

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  • Processing Natural vs. Artificial Sounds

    Michael Schutz, Associate Professor of Music Cognition, has been awarded a $140,000 NSERC Discovery grant to research how humans perceive natural and artificial sounds.

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  • Professor Sally McKay on Supercrawl Curatorial Committee

    Studio Art faculty member Sally McKay was on the curatorial committee for this year’s Supercrawl, Hamilton’s annual art and music festival.

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  • Art History 1AA3 image - Vue de la galerie des Glaces.

    Art History: World Art and Cultural Heritage II course now available online

    Enroll into our new Ontario Online Art History: World Art and Cultural Heritage II course will be offered again in January 2017.

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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.


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