College of Arts and Sciences
Departments

Classrooms and Studios

  • Buildings:

    Fine Arts Building
    Hunthausen Annex
    Lee Center for the Arts
    Photographic Center Northwest            

     

    Venues & Galleries:

    John Eshelman Stage
    Hedreen Gallery
    Kinsey Gallery
    Pigott Auditorium
    St. Joseph Church
    Vachon Gallery

     

    Studios & Classrooms:

    Acting Studio
    Ceramics Studio
    Choral Music Room
    Computer Labs
    Costume Shop
    Design Studio
    Digital Music Lab
    Drawing Studio
    Dressing Rooms
    Instrumental Music Room
    Lecture Classrooms
    Painting Studio
    Practice Rooms
    Printmaking Studio
    Private Instruction Studios
    Recording Studio
    Scene Shop
    Sculpture Studio

    Acting Studio

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    Acting Studio
    The Acting Studio, housed in the Fine Arts building, is the main teaching studio for acting, movement and voice classes as well as being an alternative rehearsal space for student work.  Students learn techniques in mask work, stage combat, Stanislavsky and Shakespeare.

    Ceramics Studio

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    ceramics studio
    Ceramic sculpture courses offer students the benefit of small class size and plenty of studio time to work on projects. The adjoining rooms come complete with all the proper equipment for ceramic art. 

    Choral Music Room

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    choral music room
    The Seattle University choirs can be found rehearsing in this space most every day.

    Computer Labs

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    computer labs
    The Fine Arts department offers courses in two Mac computer labs. Students enrolled in digital design and photography courses enjoy 24-7 access to one of those labs.

    Costume Shop

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    costume shop
    The Costume Studio is a place for creative discovery, and development of costumes for the productions in the theatre program. Surrounded on two sides with a bank of windows on the edge of Seattle University's campus, the studio is equipped with cutting tables, sewing machines, laundry machines, and costume storage. Classes in costume design and costume history are also taught in the costume studio.   Students learn skills in sewing, and are introduced to patterning and draping techniques.

    Design Studio

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    design studio
    The design studio, located in the Hunthausen Annex, is home to introductory and advanced theatre design classes.  

    Digital Music Studio

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    digital music studio
    The Fine Arts building boasts a state-of-the-art Digital Music Lab for student coursework, composition, and practice.

    Drawing Studio

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    Drawing Studio
    This studio hosts drawing courses at various levels of expertise. The space is ideal for still life and figure drawing, complete with movable furniture, flexible lighting, mirrors, storage and display boards for critique.

    Dressing Rooms

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    Dressing Rooms
    The Dressing rooms are located backstage of the John Eshelman Stage at the Lee Center for the Arts.  Here students prepare for performances during the mainstage season, or for one of the additional student performances that happen throughout the year.

    Fine Arts Building

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    Fine Arts Building
    Located on the north edge of campus, overlooking the largest open lawn on the Seattle University campus, the Fine Arts Building is home to the Instrumental Music, Choral Music, Visual Art, Art History, Photography, Digital Design, and Theatre programs.   The building was originally constructed in 1910 as the Madison street cable car terminal.  It was originally purchased in 1941 house the School of Engineering.  In 1992 the building was remolded and dedicated as the Fine Arts Building.  Currently the Fine Arts Building houses the classrooms, studios, administrative and faculty offices, as well as the Vachon Gallery: an open 2,000-square foot performance and exhibition space for events of artistic expression.

    Hedreen Gallery

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    Hedreen Gallery
    The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts is dedicated to the vibrancy of Seattle's artistic community. Our mission is to support the work of emerging artists and exhibit new work by established artists: local, national, international. We strive to catalyze artistic process and dialogue; to connect artists, audiences, and resources; and to engage the community in the arts. The Hedreen Gallery is located at the Lee Center for the Arts at 12th and Marion.

    Hunthausen Annex

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    The Hunthausen Annex is in the basement of the Hunthausen Building, next to the Fine Arts Building.  The Ceramics Studio, Instrumental Music Room, Design Studio, Computer Lab, and several of the Private Instruction Studios are located in the annex. 

    Instrumental Music Room

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    Instrumental Music Room
    The Instrumental Music Room hosts courses, master classes, and rehearsals throughout the year.

    John Eshelman Stage

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    john eshelman stage
    The Eshelman stage is a 150-seat flexible theater space designed for drama, dance, and ensemble music housed in the Lee Center for the Arts.  The theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology and an elevated control booth.  Designed in conjunction with the managing and artistic directors of local theatre and dance companies as well as with Seattle University faculty, the performance space is attractive to a wide variety of visiting artists by virtue of the flexibility of its seating and stage configuration. The Eshelman Stage is home to three annual mainstage productions, various Artist-in-Residency performances, Scratch, the directing class one-acts and Honors project performances.

    Kinsey Gallery

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    kinsey gallery
    Founded in 1988, the Kinsey Gallery was originally located in the Casey Building. In fall of 2009, Kinsey was successfully relocated to a more visible location in the new Admissions & Alumni Building; the gallery now welcomes all campus visitors at the main gateway to the University.

     Lecture Classrooms

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    lecture classrooms
    Courses in art history and other non-studio art subjects are offered in one of our three lecture classrooms. Each room suits a different size class (ranging from 12 to 25 students), and all three have been outfitted with the latest in classroom technology including a teaching computer, internet, DVD capability, and overhead projection.

    Lee Center for the Arts

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    Lee Center Drawing

    The Lee Center for the Arts is the Department of Fine Arts state-of-the-art performance and exhibition space on the corner of Twelfth Avenue and East Marion Street.

     

    Painting Studio

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    painting studio
    The Painting Studio is always an exciting place to be; from realistic to conceptual, student paintings are always in progress. The space features moveable easels, sinks, storage, and various additional painting accoutrements. 

    Photographic Center Northwest

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    PCNW
    Seattle University photography students take classes both within the SU art department and at the Photographic Center Northwest (located across from the SU campus on 12th Ave). On average, students complete 30 to 35 credits towards their degree at PCNW.

    Pigott Auditorium

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    Pigott Auditorium
    Located across the lawn from the Fine Arts building, 400- seat Pigott Auditorium houses many music events throughout the year.


    Practice Rooms

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    With seven practice rooms in two different buildings, music students have 24-7 access for private practice.

    Printmaking Studio

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    printmanking studio
    The Printmaking Studio hosts a variety of printmaking courses as well as a series of calligraphy courses. Adjoining rooms provide adequate work space, proper printmaking equipment, sinks, drying racks, etc...

    Private Instruction Studios

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    Private Instruction Studios
    Private lessons are offered through in violin, cello, viola, piano, voice, and guitar.  Private lessons take place in one of the 6 the Private Instruction Studios.

    Recording Studio

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    recording studio
    The recently renovated Audio Recording Studio is an excellent learning center for student musicians and sound technicians.

    Scene Shop

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    scene shop
    Scenery for the mainstage productions is constructed by students under the supervision of Technical Director, Bob Boehler in the scene shop which is located conveniently adjacent to the theatre and accessible through a high rolling door.  Students can develop skills in carpentry, scenic painting, welding and properties construction.

    Sculpture Studio

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    This brand new studio is located slightly off campus at the Union Arts Co-op Building at 1100 E. Union.  The courses in 3-D Design, and Sculpture will be held here starting in the Fall of 2013.

    St. Joseph Church

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    St. Joseph

    Known for its glorious surroundings and heavenly acoustics, St. Joseph Church has become one of Seattle University's most cherished off-campus venues for choral music performances.

    Vachon Gallery

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    vachon gallery
    The Vachon Room in the Fine Arts Building was converted from a studio theatre to a dedicated gallery in 2009 and has since shown a mix of student, faculty, and guest artist exhibitions. Curated by Fine Arts faculty, this gallery has quickly emerged as a dynamic facility for artistic study and practice.