Majors & Minors

Sarofim School of Fine Arts

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University offers a world-class arts education where students work closely with award-winning faculty in the areas of Art History, Music, Studio Art and Theatre. 

Southwestern University is one of only a handful of undergraduate liberal arts universities that support a separate school of fine arts. We believe in enrolling students who are engaged learners, ready to grow both in and out of the classroom, and eager to explore new regions of thought and creative expression. A Sarofim major is coupled with an engaging and diverse curriculum. 

Our programs lead to the BA in studio art, art history, music, and theatre, as well as the BFA in Studio Art and the BMus in music.  We also provide programs to minor in architecture and design.  All are designed to prepare graduates for a variety of paths in and out of the arts: teaching, professional work, or graduate school.

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Featured Alumni Stories

Director of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts Administration

Laura Sewell ’95 Connects as an Alumna and Staff Member

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Living The Dream

Southwestern teaches Walker Lukens ’09 how to think and take on new challenges.

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Megan McCarty ’09

Megan McCarty ’09, Distinguished Young Alumna

A gifted cellist, Megan McCarty ’09 distinguished herself as a Southwestern music major by winning the University’s concerto competition, working as special musicological assistant for a series of performances organized through a Mellon Integrated Scholarly Community grant, and becoming the first scholar to recognize the existence of a song cycle by Franz Liszt (1811-1886).

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Fine Arts News

Juror #3 (Carson Petocz ‘23) and Juror #8 (Abigail Vernier ‘20) go toe-to-toe in a heated debate. Photo by Carlos Barron ‘10.

Twelve Angry Jurors Brings Timeless Debate Back to the Table

Based on the classic Emmy Award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose, this production poses a powerful dialectic for the importance of civil discourse.

Professor of Music Lois Ferrari

Southwestern Professor of Music Takes Second Place in Two National Awards

Lois Ferrari has been honored twice by The American Prize 2018–2019 competitions for her work with the Austin Civic Orchestra.

Julia O'Bryan, Beautiful Brokenness, porcelain and gold leaf, 21" x 30" x 11".

Studio Art Major Julia O’Bryan ’19 Wins Prestigious National Award

O’Bryan’s artwork, Beautiful Brokenness, will tour the U.S. in an esteemed exhibition as part of her award from the Kennedy Center VSA Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities Program.