Welcome to UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts!

A Vision for a Brilliant Future in the Arts

Our vision is to re-imagine creativity for the twenty-first century spanning current and emergent arts disciplines.

The Mission of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts

As UCI’s creative laboratory, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explores and presents the arts as the essence of human experience and expression, through art ranging from the most traditional to the radically new. Our distinguished international faculty partner with others across UCI and globally to reimagine creativity for the twenty-first century.

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts has proven itself to be a national leader in training emerging artists and performers since its establishment in 1965. It was originally known as the University of California, Irvine’s School of Fine Arts, but with its expansion of programs and focus over the years, it evolved into the School of the Arts. In 2000, the School was named in honor of Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor and her involvement with the School and its students.

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is a national leader in training future generations of artists and scholars who will go on to electrify audiences in theatres, galleries and concert halls – as well as in entertainment and technology-related venues throughout the world.

The School delivers a superb developmental experience, combining superlative artistic training with a top-ranked liberal arts education. It is home to the departments of Art, Dance, Drama, and Music, in addition to a program in Arts and Humanities. Undergraduate and graduate degree courses include extensive studio, workshop and performance experiences; theoretical and historical studies; and arts and technology practices. Our Drama Department has one of the top Ph.D. program in the country, run jointly with UC San Diego, and ranked in the Top 10 in the U.S. 

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts provides excellent facilities to support artistic development and after-class life, including four theatres, a concert hall, three art galleries, the Beall Center for Art + Technology, electronic music studios, cutting edge costume, lighting, and scenic design studios, a stage production shop, digital arts labs, and a video production studio. We are one of the only university campuses in the area to boast a Performance Capture Studio and a fully equipped Meyer Sound Lab.

Our School of the Arts students regularly participate in choirs, instrumental ensembles, drama productions, dance performances and art exhibitions. Qualified students from other academic areas are also eligible to participate in many of these activities and are, in fact, encouraged to do so.


Welcome to the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts! View a short video which highlights the mission and vision for our school.

Dr. Tiffany Ana López

Dr. Tiffany Ana López is a visionary artist, administrator and a proven champion for diversity, equity and inclusion. Dean López's passion is to further the School's mission by creating and building connections with the community by harnessing the School's strengths to develop clear throughlines and professional pathways for student and faculty research.

Claire Trevor

Our school's namesake, Claire Trevor, was a legendary Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress whose career included work in film, on stage, radio and television. She was also a long-time Orange County resident, a devoted wife and mother, as well as a painter and philanthropist.

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts is a nationally-ranked arts school dedicated to research, scholarship, performance, and critique, actively engaging the on- and off-campus population and alumni, forming partnerships worldwide. Learn more about our current strategic plan.

Learn more about the various theatres, galleries, labs, classrooms and spaces on the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts campus.

The University Art Galleries consist of three separate gallery spaces, including the University Art Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center Gallery and Room Gallery.  All of the gallery spaces are within walking distance to one another, as a part of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

View directions to the various spaces on the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts campus.

CTSA Facts and Figures

Review some of the accolades and statistics for the School.

View a directory of emails and phone numbers for the school's faculty and staff, including the dean's office, student affairs, all four departments, production, and the Beall Center for Art + Technology.

The internal website for faculty and staff, including human resources and administration documents for use. UCNetID login required and limited to CTSA faculty and employees.

CTSA Climate Council

The CTCC is a space for students, staff, and faculty to discuss issues of cultural climate at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Learn more about the mission, vision and values on their pages, as well as ways to get involved with the council.

Land Acknowledgement

The University of California, Irvine campus, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts is located on the ancestral and unceded shared territories of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples. We acknowledge these people as the traditional land caretakers whose efforts to steward and protect the land continue today.