The mission of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is to make meaningful, unique, and collaborative contributions to the fine arts and communication in our metropolitan area and beyond through excellence in education, outreach, creative activity, and research.


To have a life-changing positive influence on our students, faculty and staff who contribute to transforming the metropolitan region and beyond.


The pursuit of excellence-in creative thought and achievement, in artistic performance, in scholarship, in the pedagogies of our disciplines, in service to our professional communities-provides the foremost motivation for the students, faculty, and staff of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

Mutually beneficial collaborations with community organizations, and metropolitan area schools and corporations will include sustained, synergistic relationships in communication and the fine arts with closely related internships and collaborative projects to support teaching, research and service related initiatives.

Resources of the school will be used to avail faculty, staff, students and members of the UMSL community with increased opportunities in scholarship and the fine arts.

The school values diversity in people, artistic production, research, teaching, and service.

The administration, faculty and staff make prudent use of the funds received from all sources and provide recognition of that support.

We act with the highest moral principles and professional standards in teaching, research, creative production, and service.