Fine Arts

You can create. You can perform. You can be part of our creative community.

Studios, instruments, stages and showcases all evoke different visions for different art-minded students. But no matter the form, they’re all part of a fine arts education at Friends University that sets the stage for students to foster a more beautiful world.

The location of the campus in a large metropolitan area has allowed Friends University to establish partnerships with museums, galleries, theaters, performing arts organizations that provide opportunities for students to network, exhibit, perform, and seek internships and employment.

Visual Art

Earning a degree in Art at Friends University allows students to study studio art and graphic design using a variety of methods and technology. The emphasis is finding your artistic voice and building a portfolio of your creative work.

Ballet and Dance

Steeped in a longstanding tradition of excellence, the Friends University ballet program is among the top programs in the United States.


With Media Studies and Visual Communication concentrations, this degree provides the opportunities for artists and filmmakers to build careers doing the form of art they love.


Studying Music at Friends University prepares you to pursue professional instruction or performance, while establishing a firm intellectual foundation and boundless artistic development.


The theatre program allows students who share an intense joy for performing and producing plays to share the profound ways that theatre art can raise significant questions or communicate insight about the human condition.

Featured Faculty

Mark Bartel

Dr. Mark Bartel

  • Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choral Music
  • Fine Arts
  • B.R.S., Concord College; B.A., University of Winnipeg; M.M., M.S.M, Southern Methodist University; D.M.A., Eastman School of Music-University of Rochester
Lisa Hittle

Lisa Hittle

  • Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Jazz Program
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., Kansas State University; B.M.E., M.M.,Wichita State University