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Film & Television Internship Program

The Film & Television Internship Program provides students with professional experiences and mentors in film and television production, producing, exhibition, promotion, and marketing.  The Internship Program expands opportunities for students, securing competitive internships with major studios and production houses; in post-production and visual effects; with talent and casting agencies; and with independent productions.  Local film-television professionals mentor student interns in production, post-production, and marketing as well as festival programming and exhibition

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Showcase of Talent

The Showcase of Talent, one of the few programs of its kind in the U.S., is held annually at the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television.  At the Showcase, senior Acting and Musical Theatre majors audition for and interview with industry professionals from theatre, television and film. The audition portion of the Showcase includes contemporary scenes, Shakespearean monologues and musical theatre songs. The visiting professionals also review portfolios of undergraduate and graduate Dramaturgy and Design & Technology majors.  Through the Showcase of Talent process, our students receive the invaluable experience of interacting with working professionals, and many have realized their dreams of success, on Broadway and across the country.

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The Bolton Guitar Studies Program

The Bolton Guitar Studies Program at The University of Arizona School of Music is widely considered to be one of the top classical guitar conservatories in the United States, and possibly in the world.  It has received international acclaim through the success of its students and graduates, ten of whom have been Fulbright scholars, and many of whom have become top prize winners in prestigious competitions throughout the world.  Graduates of the Classical Guitar Program have become the finest teachers and practitioners in the field; many are currently heading classical guitar programs in the United States, Europe, and South America.

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The School of Dance

The University of Arizona School of Dance is distinctive in offering ballet, modern and jazz dance with strong and equal emphasis. Dance majors are required to study all three disciplines, and have the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty and guest artists, all of whom are nationally and internationally known teachers and choreographers.  Home to the UA Dance Ensemble, dance majors rehearse and perform in the award-winning Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, a 29,000 square foot complex, which houses a 300-seat theatre with spacious stage, full-fly system and full orchestra pit.  The theatre’s design -- an integration of art, movement and architecture-- features second-story studios surrounded by glass and an outdoor stage for afternoon performances.

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MFA in Photography

Ranked #5 among public institutions by U.S. News and World Report, the School of Art MFA program in Photography offers courses in traditional black and white darkroom techniques, digital and other image-forming technologies, color processes, large-scale photography, video, and performance.  Facilities include group and semi-private black and white darkrooms and film processing areas, color enlargers and a 20” processor, professional lighting studio and large format digital output facilities. The University’s Center for Creative Photography plays an important role in the education of photography and art history students by offering access to all of the Center’s resources, including semester-long internships and lectures by distinguished photographers, historians, and critics. Photo | “Ten Minutes in North Texas #3” by Prof. Frank Gohlke

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Preparing Students for lives in the arts

As artists, designers, educators, and scholars of the arts, we are committed to the continued expansion of our knowledge, talents, and skills. Our goal is to integrate new art forms and innovative technologies with strong foundations and traditional studies. Blending of ‘cutting edge’ innovation and conservatory-style training, underpinned by academic rigor, prepares students in all disciplines for successful careers in the arts.

The divergent structure of our programs continually address the shifting nature of art. Each member of our faculty maintains strong enthusiasm, taking inspiration from his or her own work and research, and at the same time inspiring students to accomplish their fullest potential. A long tradition of distinguished faculty has created the best possible environment for programmatic excellence in art, dance, music, theatre, film and television.

Jory Hancock
Dean, College of Fine Arts

College News

UA Design Students Learn the Art of the Letterpress

Arizona Public Media | Students are learning about typesetting throught the recently expanded Book Art and Letterpress Lab. Having to sort letters one at a time, ink the rollers and handcrank a letterpress provides a sense of artistic satisfaction to an increasing number of UA students looking to expand their design skills.

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Study Explores Effects of Harp Music on ICU Patients

UANews | Researchers in the UA School of Music, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and physiology department are teaming up to explore the effects of live harp music on patients in the intensive care unit. The team recently conducted a study at The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus to determine how the soothing music might affect patients' healing.

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Lights, Camera, Action in Tucson

BizTucson | Professors in the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television are actively working in the industry. They include Larry Estes, one of the producers-in-residence, whose long list of credits includes "One False Move." Victoria Westover, who teaches film programming, recently produced "Apache 8," a documentary about an all-women firefighting crew

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