About 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 forms ranging from the most traditional to the radically new. Our international and distinguished faculty work across a wide variety of art forms, partnering with others across the campus; our nationally ranked programs in art, dance, drama, and music begin with training but end in original invention.

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.