Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership


Based  in the heart of one of the country’s most vibrant performing arts communities, our innovative programs are deeply connected to Seattle’s theatre, dance and music scenes. We offer opportunities to tailor your studies to focus on your interests and to expand your knowledge and skills across artistic disciplines. You work with faculty who are active in their fields in addition to having strong academic backgrounds.

We offer a variety of undergraduate degrees that allow you to find what will lead to the career you see in your future.

Our graduate degree in Arts Leadership was the first of its kind on the West Coast, developing leaders who are rising to meet an ever-changing field.

Our Degrees

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"After the Rain: A Lenten Prayer" Featuring the Seattle University Treble Chorale, Chamber Singers and University Singers.

Seattle University Choirs

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. We also welcome Seattle University alumni and community members in University Singers.

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Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts

The Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts is dedicated to deepening the education experience of students by bringing internationally renowned artists to campus. The endowment provides educational and artistic experiences for students and faculty as well as for the general public.

Each year the endowment sponsors major programming in one area of the fine arts (theatre, music, art, or art history) on a rotating basis, while also supporting smaller on-going programming in other areas. Students benefit from direct interaction with the visiting artists and participation in programs and events.