School of Art

The UH School of Art offers the best of two worlds in studio art, design, and art history training. With a student population of over 1,000 art and art history majors, the School of Art is large enough to sustain the insularity of an atelier environment. The School is embedded in a premier research institution, with access to the expansive expertise and resources; a significant asset in emerging and hybrid art practices. School of Art faculty, alumni and students have exhibited in prestigious institutions worldwide, are represented in the most important public and private collections, and have received the professions most distinguished awards. For the past three decades, The School of Art has provided the bedrock community of creative thinkers, makers and supporters essential to sustain the major arts institutions, design industries, and grass-roots organizations that collectively define Houston as a world-class visual arts center. It is impossible imagine one without the other.

 

Moores School of Music

The Moores School of Music at the University of Houston is commited to academic excellence and the highest performance standards have made the institution a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of this city. With an 80-member faculty and more than 600 music majors, the Moores School of Music’s thriving programs place it in the forefront of music schools today. With the addition of its beautiful, new, state-of-the-art Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music building, the school is uniquely poised to be a vanguard institution for the twenty-first century.

Although the primary mission of the Moores School is to educate and train professional performers and teachers, the school also serves the community at large with its public concerts and class offerings. The Moores School division of Preparatory and Continuing Studies is a multi-faceted program which provides private and classroom instruction to all ages.

 

School of Theatre & Dance

The UH School of Theatre & Dance produces professional plays, dance concerts, studio productions, a new play festival, and school shows through the Theatre for Young Audiences program. Our mission is to educate and prepare students for successful and meaningful careers in theatre, dance and related professions. The school performs in the Wortham Theatre and the Quintero Theatre. The Houston Shakespeare Festival is a professional project of the school, which is produced each summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The UH School of Theatre & Dance offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater and teacher certifications in dance. Its graduate program consists of arts in theatre and masters of fine arts in theatre with specializations in acting, directing and design. Faculty includes Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff, Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow, Tony nominated designer Kevin Rigdon and veteran dramaturg Mark Bly. Among the greats who have taught at the school in previous years are Lanford Wilson, Sir Peter Hall and Jose Quintero.

 

Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Program is part of the University of Houston’s Department of English. Admission to the Program is extremely competitive, with 20 new students across the 3 genres selected each year from the hundreds of applications received from around the world. The curriculum for both Masters and PhD students emphasizes creative writing and literary study — in addition to writing their theses, all degree candidates take an ambitious array of writing workshops and critical seminars. When not in class, students enjoy no fewer than eight major reading series, including the nationally-renowned Inprint Brown series and the always exciting, student-curated Poison Girl series. And all this literary activity takes place in Houston, Texas — a city famous for its opera, its theater, its blues music, its icehouse and bar culture, its leafy neighborhoods, and its sports teams.

 

Blaffer Art Museum

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston celebrates artistic imagination, stimulates creativity, and inspires independent thinking through a lively dialogue about art and artists. Operating on the cutting edge of contemporary culture, Blaffer is Houston’s premier venue for an open and ongoing engagement with the ever changing nature of the art of today, promoting a spirit of investigation and discovery in the field of visual art and culture. As a contemporary art museum, Blaffer operates in the here and now, embracing experimentation and creative acts of daring originality and vision. Blaffer looks back on over thirty years of history, during which the institution and its mission have been shaped by the changing vision of its leaders.