How F&M Does the Arts

Music, literature, painting, dance, film — and so much more! When you study the arts at F&M, you’ll explore the countless ways in which we express our creativity and imagination as well as the impact artistic expression has in our world.

At F&M, studying the arts and making art go hand in hand. Classes in history, criticism, and theory deliberately weave into practice, and you’ll have ample opportunities in and out of class to perform, choreograph, compose, curate, and publish. You’ll immerse yourself in a campus tailor-made to incubate artists, studying and creating in world-class facilities, including our stunning Winter Visual Arts Center, our collaborative Writers House, the inspiring Phillips Museum of Art , the main-stage Roschel Performing Arts Center, and more. 

Perform, Compose, Direct

Act in a play. Perform your favorite composition. Critique a classic film. Then take it a step further. You’ll have opportunities to work one-on-one with our renowned arts faculty to make and polish your own creative work — writing novels, composing symphonies, choreographing evening-length dance pieces, and directing plays and films.

The arts at F&M are also about community, and you’ll have the opportunity to curate your own exhibitions and productions, edit and publish your own magazines, contribute to F&M’s annual Emerging Writers Festival, and even attend professional performances in nearby cities like Philadelphia and New York.

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Careers in the Arts

After graduating from F&M, many of our students pursue graduate studies in the arts at leading programs around the world. Some publish acclaimed novels, some write and direct on Broadway or in Hollywood, some choreograph the innovative dance of today. Other students leverage the skills they’ve gained from the arts — creativity, communication, collaboration, and innovation, among others — in careers in publishing, film and television, the museum field, education, marketing, business, and more. Our graduates prove that arts-related degrees open doors to countless careers.

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See Arts at F&M in Action

February 13, 2024

Meet the Students of F&M’s First Neurodivergent Art Exhibit

Meet the student artists behind “Spectra: Exploring Neurodiverse Art in Franklin & Marshall College.” The exhibition celebrates the artwork of students on campus who identify as neurodivergent.

January 31, 2024

‘Losing Blue’: When Art Explains Science

“Losing Blue,” a collaborative effort between the filmmaker, her writer and two F&M biologists, Professors Janet Fischer and Mark Olson, a wife-and-husband scientific team.

December 12, 2023

The Best Winter Break Books

What do F&M faculty members and staff read to unwind? As students close out the semester, we’ve rounded up recommendations for the top winter break reads.