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ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU ARE THE FOCUS. Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) puts our students and their success at the forefront of everything we do. Our nationally recognized, conservatory-level instruction combined with the flexibility to choose your own path—double major, study abroad, participate in clubs, intern, etc.— provides a liberal arts education that will help you become an artist-citizen who knows how to succeed in an ever-changing arts world. What’s more, we are situated in the heart of Indianapolis’ thriving art scene. You’ll be encouraged to connect with the local community and get real-world experience while you develop as an artist. We offer award-winning faculty, world-class facilities, and internationally recognized programs. In JCA, you’ll find a supportive and nurturing environment where you can imagine, innovate, and inspire your own creative and artistic life.

PASSIONS. PROFESSIONS. Our nationally recognized curriculum and connections to world-class arts organizations in Indianapolis (and beyond) immerse students in rich experiential learning environments on and off campus.

With a 98 percent placement rate, Jordan College of the Arts prepares students for careers as artists, performers, arts administrators, teachers, and scholars. With programs in Art, Arts Administration, Dance, Music, and Theatre, we combine conservatory-style programs with a rich liberal arts curriculum. So, after four years of hard work and study, you’ll have a foundation for a fulfilling career, and more importantly, a fulfilling life— turning your artistic passion into a profession.


In the heart of Indianapolis is a home for passion, creativity, and innovation: Butler University. With more than 300 student, faculty, and professional performances each year, Butler is a destination for exceptional arts experiences and an incubator for future arts professionals. Home to student performances as well as world-renowned professional productions, the Butler Arts Center includes Clowes Memorial Hall, the

JCA Signature Events brings world-renowned artists to Butler’s campus each semester. In combining student-centered, artistic engagements with externally facing performances, these events both instruct and inspire.

Schrott Center for the Arts, EidsonDuckwall Recital Hall, and Lilly Hall Studio Theatre. As the nexus for arts and culture in Central Indiana, the Butler Arts Center and Jordan College of the Arts connect and enrich students, professionals, and the community.

Clowes Memorial Hall is the anchor of the Butler Arts Center. With 2,123 seats and a half-century of history, the venue remains Indiana’s most versatile and professional performance space. Having welcomed some of the world’s greatest talent and personalities—a star-studded list that includes Maya Angelou, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis, and Sir Elton John—Clowes Memorial Hall continues to provide diverse programming to both Butler students and the broader community each year. It is also home to Butler Ballet’s The Nutcracker and spring productions as well as select performances by the School of Music and Butler Theatre.



The Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, completed in 2013, is a one-of-a-kind, student- and communityfocused facility. At just 454 seats, but with a full-size proscenium stage, the space is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally well-suited for music, dance, and theatre. The intimate venue is home to many of the Jordan College of the Arts’ performances for the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre departments. It also contains gallery spaces for the Department of Art’s exhibitions, and employs select Arts Administration students each year.


Lilly Hall Studio Theatre is home to Butler Theatre which produces a wide range of classics, world premieres, music theatre, and devised works. This flexible space, which can seat more than 100 audience members, is situated next door to Clowes Hall and hosts three to four productions a year. Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall is an intimate space designed for


student, faculty, and guest recitals by the School of Music, as well as small concerts, talks, and lectures. Located in Butler University’s iconic Robertson Hall, the performance space, which seats 138, opened in 2004 and includes a 300-square-foot white oak stage.


Since 2002, the Butler Community Arts School has offered performing arts instruction to anyone age 5 and up, including adults.

Located on the Butler University

We strive to serve the creative interests of our students as well as our community. In addition to hosting hundreds of cultural performances and events each year, Butler has two unique ways to connect our students with our community.

campus, most instructors are trained Butler students known as “Teaching Fellows.� The mission of the Butler Community Arts School is to provide quality arts instruction at an affordable price while also developing community involvement and civic-mindedness in Butler University students. Arts Collaboratives Jordan College of the Arts has strong, ongoing partnerships with many local arts organizations, several of which are housed on campus in Lilly Hall, offering extraordinary opportunities for students to interact with professionals working in the arts.

INDIANAPOLIS IS HOME TO... > More than 850,000 residents, making it the 15th largest city in the United States. In Indianapolis, we welcome all. We are a place that celebrates diverse cultures and shared histories through festivals, arts, and cultural events.

> A thriving arts community of renowned organizations like the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Drum Corps International, the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Indianapolis Repertory Theatre.

> A diverse and vibrant metropolitan area. Named by Conde Naste as “the most underrated food city in America,” we claim the world’s largest single-day sporting event (Indianapolis 500) and the world’s largest children’s museum (The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis).

> The internationally acclaimed Cultural Trail, an 8-mile urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, art installations, cultural districts, and entertainment amenities while serving as the downtown hub for Central Indiana’s vast greenway system.

> Risk takers and barrier breakers. From jazz to motorsports to the world’s fastest bicycle wheels, Kurt Vonnegut and John Green to Salesforce and Eli Lilly and Co., our spirited social, cultural, and business entrepreneurs form collaborative partnerships and move big ideas into action.

WHAT WE OFFER: Art at Butler combines the creative

> Flexible curriculum that allows

practice of visual art with the

students to find their individual

discipline of design to prepare its

creative strengths

students for an adaptable career in

> Professional experience and

an ever-changing work landscape. Coursework includes study of traditional visual art forms, current design practices, and a required second major or minor. Our

networking through the required internship > Hands-on portfolio development beginning the student’s first year

professionally practicing faculty

> Industry standard software

encourage students to widely explore

utilized in classes for workplace

their interests so that after their time


at Butler, they have the right mix of

> Faculty mentors invested in

information, skills, and experiences

student success

to pursue a fulfilling and sustainable career.

> Rigorous liberal arts academic coursework



WHAT WE OFFER: Arts Administration is the business

> Full integration with the Lacy

of bringing the arts to the public.

School of Business and the College

Whether it’s through marketing, ticket

of Communication

sales, educational programming,

> Adaptable curriculum to meet

or fundraising, arts administrators provide the crucial infrastructure necessary to make the arts accessible to all. Our program is one of the oldest and most comprehensive in the nation. Coursework combines in-depth study

individual student’s interests and aspirations > Multiple internships with an emphasis on community engagement

of a chosen art form with classes in

> Networking opportunities with

business, non-profit management, and

local arts and cultural organizations,

communications to prepare graduates

professional artists, educators, JCA

for the many varied opportunities in a

alumni, and community leaders

career advocating for the arts.

> Rigorous liberal arts academic coursework


WHAT WE OFFER: Our Department of Dance is a rich,

> A program consistently recognized

nourishing environment for the

as one of the top five classical ballet

professional development of the

programs in the nation

highest caliber dancers in the nation.

> Coursework in all three major

Students receive conservatory-level

techniques: Ballet, Modern, and

instruction from a faculty of highly

Jazz, with an emphasis on

respected artists/teachers, each one

classical ballet

offering classes with an emphasis

> Faculty mentors with outstanding

on strong technical development,

professional credentials

detailed artistic mentoring, and

> Three completely produced, full-

professionally focused advising.

scale dance performances, two of which are full-length classical ballets performed to live orchestra each year > Performance opportunities for every dance major in front of more than 12,000 audience members annually > Rigorous liberal arts academic coursework


WHAT WE OFFER: More. This simple word describes the

> A flexible curriculum which gives

opportunities you’ll have in our School

you the freedom to customize your

of Music. In addition to studying

college experience

music, our flexible curriculum

> World-class performance facilities

allows you to easily pursue a double major, study abroad, collaborate with internationally acclaimed artists,

> Faculty mentors who are renowned performers and scholars

complete a major research project, or

> Performance opportunities both on

teach in the Butler Community Arts

campus and in the community

School—all with the encouragement of

> Indianapolis’ vibrant musical and

Butler’s renowned faculty.

cultural community > Rigorous liberal arts academic coursework




WHAT WE OFFER: Butler Theatre is theatre for the

> An 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio with

real world. We strive to push the

highly regarded faculty invested in

boundaries of our art by creating

individual student’s success

innovative productions and instilling

> A broad study of theatre to diversify

in our students an entrepreneurial spirit. Led by a faculty of professionally active artists, our students study and practice every aspect of theatre so they can develop their individual strengths and voices. We foster development of well-rounded artists so that you

students’ skills as well as in-depth study of specialized interests > Networking through our internships and connections with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, and the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company

enter the world as a working theatre

> Short-term, intensive theatre


study trips led by Theatre faculty to destinations around the globe > Rigorous liberal arts academic coursework


FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS Financial aid is available and may come from different sources: > Academic scholarships are offered to select students who demonstrate a strong record of academic excellence in high school . > JCA Awards are talent-based awards given to select students who display promise in the performing arts. > Scholarships from outside sources are welcome. > Need-based aid is also available. Families must complete the FAFSA to be considered.

To learn more about affordability and aid at Butler University, visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website


When applying to the Jordan College of the Arts, students are required to submit the following materials: > Academic application to Butler University (Common Application accepted) > Supplementary information requested by your JCA program of choice > Audition date selection > High School transcript > College transcript (transfers only) > Writing sample > ACT/SAT scores

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINES: November 1 Early Action February 1 Regular Decision

To begin your application, please visit

ABOUT BUTLER Butler University offers both small class sizes and big-city perks. We have 65+ majors and are among the top schools in the country for undergraduate education—in and out of the classroom. Our beautiful, 295-acre campus will feel like home and our lovable live mascot has a national following, but it’s our students who will really impress you. Bulldogs are the hardworking, ambitious type. Our students graduate prepared to step immediately into a career or graduate school and make an impact in their communities. In fact, 97 percent of Butler students are employed or attending grad school within just six months of graduation.


DEPARTMENT OF ARTS ADMINISTRATION BS in Arts Administration BS in Arts Administration Music BS in Arts Administration Theatre

DEPARTMENT OF DANCE BFA in Dance Performance BA in Dance (Pedagogy)


BS in Dance (Arts Administration)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC BA in Music Bachelor of Musical Arts BM in Performance BM in Composition BM in Jazz Studies BM in Music Education—with several different options BM in Performance and Music Education (5-year program)


Many of our students also add a double major or minor in a different academic discipline.

SEE FOR YOURSELF With 295 park-like acres, proximity to downtown Indianapolis, and two new state-of-the-art housing facilities, our campus has it all. The best way to get a feel for what life here at Butler is like is to experience it firsthand: > Shadow a current JCA student* > Take a group tour of our #BUtiful campus > Meet faculty and observe a class > Watch a performance at one of the Butler Arts Center venues > Take some time to explore our thriving city

To learn more about your visit options, contact the Jordan College of the Arts at or 317-940-9656. *Students interested in shadowing a dance student must be admitted to the dance program in order to participate in dance classes.

Jordan College of the Arts Brochure 2018  

Learn more about Jordan College of the Art’s award-winning faculty, world-class facilities, and nationally recognized programs.

Jordan College of the Arts Brochure 2018  

Learn more about Jordan College of the Art’s award-winning faculty, world-class facilities, and nationally recognized programs.