• Digital Arts and New Media [M.F.A.]
    The Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program serves as a center for the development and study of digital media and the cultures they have helped create.

    Film and Digital Media (Ph.D)
    The Ph.D. program in Film and Digital Media challenges the traditionally conceived borders between creative and critical practice, enabling dialogue between creative practice and theoretical knowledge as related forms of intellectual work, and providing the conditions for students to realize a wide range of possible projects that exist across the traditional divides of critical studies and production.

    Music [M.A.]
    The MA in music degree integrates studies in performance, composition/analysis, and research.

    Music Composition [D.M.A]
    The DMA program seeks to develop accomplished, active, and articulate composers with a broad awareness of the diverse styles, cultural influences, media, venues, and technical means available to them in the 21st century.

    Music [Ph.D.]
    The PhD in Music degree program provides students with an integrative framework for music scholarship, emphasizing the ways in which musicology and ethnomusicology interact and complement one another.

    Social Documentation [M.A.]
    The Master of Arts in Social Documentation is a two year graduate degree program focused on the development of expertise in the understanding and production of social documentaries in the genres of video, film, photography, audio, public ethnography, museum installation, and new media.

    Theater Arts [M.A.]
    The Graduate Certificate Program offers students a chance to refocus or intensify their skills by concentrating on performance reinforced by scholarship in a rich artistic and academic environment.

    Visual Studies [Ph.D]
    The Ph.D. is designed to steep our graduates in the most theoretically relevant methodologies for understanding the significance of visual artifacts and the social and cultural qualities of human vision; provide students with exposure to a range of cultural perspectives and visual artifacts drawn from around the world; and cultivate in our graduates the necessary skills and knowledge to secure and excel in academic and curatorial positions. 

  • Facilities

  • Music Center ComplexMusic Center Complex 2
    Music Complex 3Music Center Complex 4
    Still from Theatre ProductionMusic Center Classroom
    Music Center Recital Hall

  • Meet Us

  • Jennifer Gonzalez from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Jennifer Gonzalez :: Professor, Visual Studies
    In her new book, Jennifer highlights U.S. artists of color who explore issues of race in the contemporary art scene.

    Nick Vasallo from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Nick Vasallo :: Student, Music D.M.A. 
    A heavy metal musician a heart, Nick's compositions involve the stylings of many musical genres. His current work includes a Piano Concerto for the Paris International.

    Jessica Hayden from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Jessica Hayden :: Student, DANM 
    Jessica’s research seeks to incorporate artistic creative work that involves the use of a variety of mediums to consider issues of stereotype and mythology as they relate to the body, illness, age and disability.

    Craig Hobbs from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Craig Hobbs :: Student, DANM 
    Craig Hobbs research addresses topics of embodiment and collaborative affect through the creation of metadata tagging tools and interactive installation environments.

    Sarah Yahm from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Sarah Yahm :: Student, Social Documentation
    Sarah's audio thesis examines the symbolic meaning of fat in our culture and the ways in which the moral panic about obesity masks larger social anxieties about overconsumption, consumerism, and neoliberalism.

  • Research

  • Arts Research Institute (ARI)
    The Arts Research Institute (ARI) enhances the national and international prominence of the arts at UCSC through publication, performance, exhibition, or curation, and increases the quality and vitality of research and creative work in theory, scholarship, and practice in the arts. The Institute seeks to foster a vigorous and visible environment of intellectual activity and achievement. The Executive Committee of the ARI oversees the distribution of funds to support research and creative activity by ladder faculty in the Arts Division.

    Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC)
    Shakespeare Santa Cruz is a professional repertory company in residence at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Our Festival was founded in 1981 and continues to be held annually each summer at UC Santa Cruz. Plays are held indoors on the UCSC Theatre Arts Mainstage and outdoors among the redwoods in the Festival Glen. Bringing in professional actors, directors and designers from throughout the country, the Company's season runs from mid-July through August and features four plays presented in repertory. Hailed by USA Today as "one of the nation's top ten most influential" Shakespeare companies, SSC interprets the works of William Shakespeare through a contemporary lens and introduces our audiences to the newer work of American playwrights. 

  • Contact Us

  • Digital Arts and New Media [M.F.A.]
    Felicia Rice t: 831 459 1554

    Music [M.A., D.M.A., Ph.D.]
    Laura McShane t: 831 459 3199

    Social Documentation [Ph.D.]
    Robert Neighbours t: 831 459 4706

    Theater Arts [M.A.]
    Angela Beck t: 831 459 2974

    Visual Studies [Ph.D.]
    Ruby Lipsenthal t: 831 459 2408