Imagine. Create. Inspire.

The School of the Arts offers 15 bachelor's and graduate degrees through three academic programs and presents inspiring, thought-provoking, world-class visual and performing arts events year-round.

Foundation for artistic disciplines

The School’s degree programs in visual arts, music, theatre and dance prepare students to contribute as artists, educators and scholars.

Series | Festivals | Camps | Events

Signature events invite world-class performers, instruct exceptional students and are fun for all to listen.

Reno Jazz Festival The Reno Jazz Festival hosts jazz students, instructors, performers and fans to play, listen and learn at a three-day festival each spring.
Three men play guitar, bass and drums inside a rehearsal room
Performing Arts Series The School of the Arts hosts the signature Performing Arts Series each season with an incredible lineup of guest artists from all over the world.
Two women play a violin and a cello on stage during a performance
Lake Tahoe Music Camp Lake Tahoe Music Camp offers concert bands, jazz bands, chamber ensembles, music classes and its own private beach on Lake Tahoe for middle and high school students.
Young students playing percussion instruments outside

News about the visual and performing arts

Get the latest news about School of the Arts events, highlights and opportunities.

Choir sings in masks on stage

Tradition lives on with graduates, friends and family in mind

Department of Music records music for University’s upcoming virtual Commencement

People wearing masks stand on different stairs on an outside staircase covering their eyes with their right hands.

Dance activates public space through site-specific performances

Students and faculty choreograph eight performances to be featured during Fall Dance Festival Friday, Nov. 20

A person leans on an open staircase with their back to the camera looking up toward the blue sky. Photo by Caitlin Bell.

Musical theatre revue explores mental health during the pandemic

'Bruised and Brave' premiers Nov. 13, on-demand through Nov. 15