The College of Fine Arts (CFA) was the first comprehensive arts training institution founded in the country. CFA concentrates on the education of those who wish to become professionals in the arts through a program based on conservatory and studio training and reinforced by the myriad of learning opportunities available at the university as a whole.
CFA is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: the School of Architecture, School of Art, School of Design, School of Drama and School of Music and its associated centers and programs.
Students apply for admission directly to a specific school and are immediately immersed in that major upon enrollment to Carnegie Mellon. Each major is highly specialized yet also focuses on collaboration with other academic and artistic disciplines. With a student to faculty ratio of 9:1, students work closely with professors during the artistic process. For details on pre-screen, audition or portfolio review requirements, visit our Fine Arts Admission Procedures website.
Carnegie Mellon’s CFA Alumni:
- Shape the worlds of television, stage and film
- Create art collected in international museums
- Compose for, perform and conduct in major symphony orchestras, choruses and opera companies
- Design notable buildings, building systems and architectural imaging systems
- Create significant innovations in communication, graphic and industrial design
- Share their knowledge and passion as professors and deans in major arts institutions
School of Architecture
Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture (BArch) offers a 5-year, NAAB accredited, Bachelor of Architecture degree and is consistently ranked in the top tier of architecture degree programs.Learn about the architecture program
School of Art
The School of Art offers a broad-based undergraduate program in art, addressing many issues facing the contemporary artist.Learn about art programs
School of Design
At the School of Design, we believe design to be a humanistic discipline: the art of conceiving, planning and shaping products that are made to serve people in answer to their individual and collective needs and desires.Learn about design programs
School of Drama
The School of Drama is among the world’s preeminent theater arts conservatory programs, uniquely situated in the context of a major research university.Learn about drama programs
School of Music
Whether your interest is in performance, composition or music and technology, you’ll find that the School of Music provides an exciting and dynamic environment where you can pursue your passion.Learn about music programs