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  • World Art and Cultural Heritage II – Online Summer Course

    Open to students enrolled in any program, in any faculty!

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  • Intro to the History of Music I – Online Summer Course

    This summer, the School of the Arts is pleased to offer (via online delivery June 22 – August 7) yet another much sought-after course.

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  • Online Summer Course: Intro to Practice of Music Therapy

    Register now for this hugely popular course — offered online this summer!

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  • Change to 2020 Audition Procedure

    Because of the current Covid-19 situation and the cessation of in-person activities at McMaster University, auditions to start in the Music program in the Fall 2020 have been converted to an online process.

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  • Studio Art Portfolio Interviews

    Would you like to apply to our Studio Art program? Find out more here.

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  • Music Auditions 2020

    The audition consists of different parts, which gives us the chance to assess your aural, performance and theory skills.

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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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