The dance program emphasizes the development of a technically trained body and the creative processes involved in dancing. It builds a strong theoretical base for understanding movement. As part of the arts and humanities discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program prepares students for a professional career in the multifaceted field of dance as an artist, entrepreneur, manager or dance specialist.
Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Film Studies Program covers classical film aesthetics, surveys the history of world cinema and takes an in-depth look at films from America, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the Hispanic world.
Students study the visual arts to develop art literacy and critical-thinking skills. GW’s arts program, part of the arts and humanities discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, is enhanced by the University’s proximity to and partnerships with world-class art museums and libraries. In studio arts, students learn to create across a variety of media while studying relevant historical and theoretical issues.
GW’s interior architecture and design program offers a comprehensive study of the visual arts as well as in-depth instruction on design theory and technical and problem-solving skills. Students study all types of habitable environments, ranging from small, basic residential spaces to larger, more complex commercial and institutional ones.
A uniquely American art form, jazz is an essential part of the nation’s history and culture. Jazz studies is part of the Department of Music's Arts and Humanities program at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and students study under the direction of GW jazz faculty. Coursework includes basic tune writing, a survey of jazz styles and an introduction to recording-studio technology.
The music program within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences offers a broad base for understanding music as an art form and as a social, economic and political practice. The department’s faculty of scholars and creative artists includes members of the National Symphony and Kennedy Center orchestras. All students, regardless of their majors, may perform with vocal and instrumental jazz groups, orchestra, choruses, bands, opera productions, chamber music groups and musical theater.
The program emphasizes the collaborative nature of theatrical art. Students are introduced to the arts and crafts of theatre: acting, design, technical production, dramaturgical analysis, directing, the historical antecedents of contemporary theatre and the important place of the audience in live theatre. As one of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, theatre at GW is vibrantly interdisciplinary, regularly interacting with programs in music, English, fine arts, anthropology and women’s studies.