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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AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

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

James Venhaus '91 faces the camera in front of outdoor scenery. He is wearing a striped shirt and glasses.

The Tale of a Playwright

James Venhaus ’91 details his story as a published playwright and fine arts educator, sharing wisdom based on his real-world experiences with the theatre industry for the benefit of current and future Southwestern theatre students.

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Jasmine Thomas '12 is depicted teaching. She is wearing a black shirt with a name tag, golden earrings, and glasses. Behind her is a yellow shelf with a globe sitting on top of it.

Theatre in the Classroom

Jasmine Renee Thomas ’12 shares her past experiences as a Southwestern theatre student and how they set the stage for her personal and professional development as an educator.

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Mauro Garcia ’18, in a white lab coat, injects a series of test tubes in a laboratory.

Singer, Scientist, and Exceptional Scholar

Chemist and countertenor Mauro Garcia ’18 will be pursuing a doctorate in pharmacology and molecular sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on a full-ride scholarship.

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Fine Arts Events

Douglas Harvey plays the cello in front of a white background.

Sarofim Music Series: Douglas Harvey, Cello

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is proud to present a cello concert with Douglas Harvey as part of the Sarofim Music Series.

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Image of a grand piano on the Alma Thomas Stage with acoustic shells set up behind it.

Musicale

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present a recital featuring our talented vocal and instrumental music students.

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Maria Lyapkova sits with a songbook in front of a dark blue background. She is looking at the camera.

Sarofim Music Series: Maria Lyapkova, Piano

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is proud to present pianist Maria Lyapkova as part of the Sarofim Music Series.

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