College of Fine Arts

The schools of the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts fuel the creativity of artists, designers and architects through an immersive conservatory-inspired arts education that engages with the university’s strengths in science, technology and the humanities.

The College of Fine Arts is a place that expands society’s notions of what art can be. It’s where conversation is sparked, ideas are cultivated, perspectives are shared, minds are changed, genres are reinvented, and humanity is restored.

With your support, we can work toward innovations and expressions that address the world in which we live, how to make it better, and how to work together to create global solutions that preserve and sustain our built world.

A Message from the Dean

Dan Martin

The arts, design and architecture were an essential part of Andrew Carnegie’s founding vision for this institution. For more than a century, the College of Fine Arts’ students, faculty and staff have crafted new culture and creative knowledge on our campus and around the world: framing problems, constructing solutions, challenging audiences, perfecting craft and celebrating human vitality. We continue to build on the rich history of free expression and the world-changing capacity of creativity to transform and advance culture and society.

Exposure to creative studies positively influences our students, helping them to leave Carnegie Mellon as more empathetic human beings, more aware of the larger world in which they will make their mark and more well-rounded individuals who will lead with ideas and bring unparalleled experience, ethics and passion into the future.

Your commitment will help us to continue our legacy of excellence in the arts, design and architecture. You truly make possible what comes next for the College of Fine Arts.

Our founder once said, “You are on the threshold of unparalleled success. Achieve! Achieve!” With you, we can.

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What will you and the College of Fine Arts

Elevating arts education with dynamic spaces for creation and performance

Elevating arts education with dynamic spaces for creation and performance

By giving our students the finest arts facilities in higher education, we’ll provide them with fertile, technology-enhanced ground to grow their artistic vision and hone their talents. Your support will make bolder creative expression possible.

Help us make it possible
Supporting excellence and diversity in the arts by increasing access

Supporting excellence and diversity in the arts by increasing access

By actively seeking out talented artists from all backgrounds, we will facilitate creativity across cultures, communities and experiences, which will make our work even more powerful. Your support will foster an inclusive and diverse atmosphere  that inspires greater creativity.

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Enriching the human experience by supporting creativity and discovery

Enriching the human experience by supporting creativity and discovery

By offering security and support to practicing artists and professionals, we will attract and retain faculty who continually seek to push their work forward, enrich the educational experience for our students, and shape the future of artistic endeavor for generations to come. Your support of faculty will inspire their work and give young artists invaluable mentorship.

Help us make it possible

Elevating our world. Pushing culture forward.

Help us make it possible

With your support of creation
and performance spaces,
we will:

Expand initiatives that integrate arts and technology

Open up spaces for creative exploration

  • Renovated and Transformed Facilities
    Create spaces that promote learning, making, creating and performing at the highest level possible — across all the schools of the College of Fine Arts. Great environments inspire students and faculty to do their best work, and prepare them to enrich a modern, technology-enhanced world.
  • Faculty Research Funds
    Inspire faculty with funds dedicated to promoting high-quality research and creative endeavors.
  • CFA and School-Specific Innovation Funds
    Fuel innovation at the College of Fine Arts and its five schools by giving us the flexibility to seize emerging opportunities, take advantage of new ideas, and enhance the college’s and schools’ ability to attract gifted faculty and students from around the world.

With your support of diversity and inclusion initiatives, we will:

Ensure that talented undergraduate students can benefit
from a CMU education

Increase diversity among our student body

  • Scholarships
    Recognize talented undergraduates with merit-based scholarships that fuel their artistic and creative passions and build a student body that thrives on diverse perspectives.
  • Fellowships
    Unlock a world of creativity for the next generation of artistic innovators and leaders, by opening up a CFA education to skilled graduate students, regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • Experiential Learning and Student Travel Funds
    Expand our students’ interactions with and throughout the world, by funding travel and other experiences that offer fresh inspiration to create, make, explore and perform.

With your support of creative minds across CFA, we will:

Attract top artistic talent

Cultivate creative freedom

  • Professorships
    Fuel faculty with funding that empowers their creative pursuits
    and furthers their teaching goals, while helping us recruit and retain
    the best professors and artists.
  • Program and Research Center Support
    Accelerate the genre-defying and groundbreaking innovation that’s happening in interdisciplinary initiatives like the Design Center,
    the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, and the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art.
  • Visiting Artists and Lecture Series Funds
    Broaden the education of our students by exposing them to a cross-section of practicing artists, educators, researchers  and theoreticians.

Discover what you make possible in our schools and programs

Support for key school-level initiatives will accelerate the training of the next generation of creative leaders to make significant contributions to their disciplines and society.
School of Architecture Tell Me More
School of Architecture

Funding opportunities in the School of Architecture:

  • Merit Scholarship Fund
  • Fellowships Fund
  • Head’s Innovation Fund
  • Parents Fund
School of Art Tell Me More
School of Art

Funding opportunities in the School of Art:

  • Head’s Innovation Fund
  • Innovative Technologies Fund
  • Lecture Series Fund
  • Parents Fund
  • Merit Scholarship Fund
School of Design Tell Me More
School of Design

Funding opportunities in the School of Design:

  • Merit Scholarship Fund
  • Fellowships Fund
  • Head’s New Initiative Fund
  • Student Experience Fund
  • Parents Fund
School of Drama Tell Me More
School of Drama

Funding opportunities in the School of Drama:

  • Drama Student Travel Fund
  • Visiting Artists Fund
  • Season Production Fund
  • Showcase Fund
  • Head’s Creative Initiative Fund
  • Merit Scholarship Fund
  • Parents Fund
School of Music Tell Me More
School of Music

Funding opportunities in the School of Music:

  • Heritage Scholarship Fund (Merit)
  • Piano Fund
  • Violin Scholarship Fund
  • Chamber Series Fund
  • Parents Fund
  • Head’s Innovation Fund
Cross-Disciplinary Programs Tell Me More
Cross-Disciplinary Programs

Funding opportunities in the CFA’s cross-disciplinary programs and research centers:

  • BXA Intercollege Degree Student Experience Fund
  • Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Fund
  • Miller ICA Fund

Discover the Possibilities

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Contact Us
Carolyn Hess Abraham
College of Fine Arts
Associate Dean for Advancement
412-268-1214