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About the School of Creative and Performing Arts

rad·i·cal

/’radək(ə)l/
adjective

  • arising from or going to the root or the source
    … to the origin
  • markedly new or introducing radical change
    … revolutionary

Welcome to the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Dance, Drama and Music each have long, unique histories at the University of Calgary. Together we offer an expanded and innovative spectrum of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programming.

Emphasizing the practical and intellectual demands required for the creation, performance, and study of new artistic works, we are a home for students seeking to become rigorous, sophisticated artists and creative, engaged scholars.

You will:

  • Collaborate within and across disciplines
  • Receive focused training at advanced levels
  • Enjoy highly flexible, carefully-designed program options
  • Gain professional experience and have opportunities for international exchange

Our students work at the intersection between artistry and scholarship, and we combine a deep respect for the practical aspects of professional careers in the arts with a focus on critical analysis, theory, and culture.

At the School of Creative and Performing Arts we are re-imagining the performing arts for the 21st century.

- Bruce Barton, Director

Vision

The School of Creative and Performing Arts is reimagining artistry for the 21st century through a careful balance of tradition and innovation, coupled with a deep engagement with our contemporary world.

Mission

At the School of Creative and Performing Arts we are celebrating the distinctiveness of our three disciplines of dance, drama and music and exploring uncharted interdisciplinary terrain. With focused emphasis on the physical and intellectual demands required for the creation, performance, and study of artistic process and works, we are a home both for individuals seeking to become rigorously trained, keenly independent and sophisticated artists as well as those aspiring to become intellectually agile, deeply engaged and creative scholars.