What makes the School of Fine Arts different from any other unit of the university? Students in the arts not only study and conduct research in their fields; they create art every day! Through a host of exhibitions and performances, they also have many opportunities to share it with their fellow students, instructors, and the community.
International collaboration is a unique part of the UMD School of Fine Arts experience. In 2004, SFA collaborated with a fine arts academy and the University of Palermo, Italy, for the Italian American Festival. A total of 100 students and 20 faculty members traveled to Palermo to produce a Broadway musical and to study art and design. Later in the year, more than 700 students and faculty participated in the festival on the UMD campus, producing the world-premiere of a children's musical and a grand opera as well as hosting an academic conference.
SFA has also developed a strong relationship with a group of universities in Turkey — a Turkish American Cultural Alliance was initiated by then School of Fine Arts' Dean Jack Bowman in January 2005. The Alliance fulfills the UMD School of Fine Arts vision for academic enhancement through international initiatives with the development of enduring relationships and effective working methodologies designed by the music, theatre and visual arts departments, the Tweed Museum of Art, and four universities in Turkey: for music, Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir and Hacettepe University in Ankara; for theatre, Istanbul University State Conservatory in Istanbul; and for visual arts, Baskent University in Ankara. The project incorporates the performing arts and the visual arts in a program of workshops, residencies, performances and exhibitions.
Additionally, a formal agreement has been created between UMD's School of Fine Arts and one of Paris' fine music conservatories, Conservatoire á Rayonnement Régional in Boulogne-Billancourt, in order to facilitate both student and faculty collaboration opportunities and academic exchanges between the two institutions.
The School of Fine Arts continues to pursue international outreach opportunities to enhance our students' experiences.
Many SFA students also choose to expand their international connections on their own through one of many study abroad programs. Learn more about those opportunities through UMD's International Education office.
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