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A Community of Artists

Find your place in Harvard’s thriving arts community, where you will discover a wide range of opportunities to pursue artistic interests. If you’re an artist—of sight, sound, or movement (or perhaps all three)—you will flourish here. 

Explore the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. Sample courses in art, film, and environmental studies, or even focus on the arts as your concentration. Meanwhile, the Department of Music offers courses in music theory, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, and performance, and our dual enrollment program with the New England Conservatory enables you to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and a Master of Music (M.M.) in just five years. The Department of History of Art and Architecture will shape your understanding  of art throughout your life. 

In Harvard’s newest concentration, Theater, Dance & Media, you can hone your creative instincts, work collaboratively in small groups, and participate in professional departmental productions.

You can also sing, dance, act, create music, paint, or make ceramics with the Office for the Arts (OFA), or join one of the many arts-focused organizations found on our complete list of student activities.

Performing arts

Harvard’s music, dance, and theater scene includes a mix of student-led and faculty-led groups. All groups perform at a variety of venues, and many take their productions on tour nationally and around the world.

Join one of seven orchestras, two jazz bands, a marching band, a concert band, a gospel choir, a glee club, many a cappella groups, several jazz combos, or a madrigal vocal ensemble.

Perform in any of more than 60 drama and dance productions each year, ranging from Broadway musicals and Shakespearean tragedies to experimental pieces and original student plays. You may also participate in the Common Spaces program, which encourages community-building performances in Harvard Yard.

Our facilities include concert halls, proscenium and black-box theaters, dance and recording studios, rehearsal spaces, and practice rooms.

The Office for the Arts Dance Program offers noncredit classes in modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, choreography, and improvisation. You can take choreography courses for credit, or join one of over 20 student dance companies. Watch past performances on the Harvard Dance Youtube Channel.

Visual arts

Enjoy the visual arts as an extracurricular endeavor or as a concentration through our Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. We offer instruction and workshops, as well as studios and exhibition spaces for painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and filmmaking.

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