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

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

Sculptural teapot "Anxietea" by Sofia Payne '18

Studio Art Student and Alumnae Accepted into People’s Gallery Exhibition

Payne and Baker’s art will be on display at Austin City Hall beginning this February.

Students rehearsing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum under environmentally friendly stage lights.

Southwestern Featured in Smithsonian Magazine

A recent Smithsonian article, “ Is a Texas Town the Future of Renewable Energy?”  wonderfully highlighted our city’s and Southwestern’s commitment to sustainability. 

Professor Mary Visser and Tom Morin ’94

There’s Something About Mary

Tom Morin ’94 honors his former professor by creating The Mary Visser High Impact Experiences Endowed Fund.