The School of the Arts at McMaster University offers intensive programs in Studio Art, Art History, Music & Music Cognition and Theatre & Film Studies. SOTA’s faculty recognize the integral role of the arts in individual and public well-being, community building, inclusivity, and global awareness. We offer a unique balance of hands-on and experiential opportunities combined with historical, theoretical and critical approaches. Our students study the social and cultural implications of the arts, and they collaborate with faculty in studio and laboratory settings, mount and critique exhibitions and theatrical productions, and train as solo and ensemble performers.
The Spotlight Festival celebrates the significant cultural contributions of McMaster’s arts researchers and practitioners on campus and the community at large. We welcome you to join us for a year-long festival of arts events designed to foster relationships and deepen understanding of how the arts connect people and ideas, activate cultural discourse, empower life-long learning and success, and integrate multiple disciplines in distinctive modes of critical inquiry. The festival will feature concerts, lectures, performances, and exhibitions organized around four concepts: Connect (September); Activate (November); Empower (January); Integrate (March).