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Redesigning a modern-day College of ‘Fine’ Arts

As dean of a Fine Arts college at a Research 1 institution, I often wonder if now is the time to rethink our 100-year deference to the “fine arts” at the expense of commercial, popular and practical forms of creative making. How does an arts college remain relevant in a technology-mad, data-crazed, entrepreneurially minded campus? Answer: We have to meet at the intersection of art and enterprise and transform our purpose to better serve our students so they can serve and benefit society.

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Learning Objectives

  1. How can traditional creative disciplines and creative faculty be more relevant to a 21st-century research university?
  2. Why the concept of a “fine” art is an anachronism on a research campus
  3. What do creative disciplines have in common with STEM fields?



Alicia Dietrich, Public Affairs Dir, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin

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