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  • Johannes Linstead, Juno-Nominated Guitarist

    Juno-nominated Canadian guitarist and instrumentalist will be showcasing his award-winning talents in the new Concert Hall, LR Wilson building.

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  • SUMMA Show 2019

    April 2019 at the Cotton Factory

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  • Visiting Artists 2018-19

    SOTA’s Visiting Artist Program promises an array of presentations and workshops in mixed-media, multi-disciplinary and environmental art. All free and open to the public!

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  • Concerts at McMaster

    Welcome to our exciting new season of concerts organized by the School of the Arts! This year, all of our concerts will be in the new L.R. Wilson Concert Hall, an added jewel to the Hamilton community!

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  • Transforming the School of the Arts

    Provost David Farrar talks about transforming the delivery of arts programming at McMaster.

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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.

Our Vision

Empower students to act as engaged global citizens who contribute to the transformative roles of the arts in society.

Our Mission

To offer niche programs in Art, Art History, Music and Theater & Film Studies in an interdisciplinary School of the Arts supported by staff and faculty dedicated to high quality teaching and research.  Through close connection with faculty we promote excellence in artistic production in all its diverse forms, as well as critical, theoretical analysis and study in historical and contemporary contexts.

Our Values

Through creative arts practices, critical analysis and experiential learning we ignite curiosity and inspire students to question and engage as contributors in their immediate communities and broader society.  Our values are rooted in a commitment to diversity and multi-faceted learning experiences.

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