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Berkeley Arts + Design features, fortifies, and mobilizes existing excellence in the arts and design at Berkeley, while fostering dynamic collaboration, innovation, and public access across all arts and design fields, on campus and in public life.

UC Berkeley’s arts and design landscape offers a distinctive and robust context for creative experiment, one enriched by the scientific and cultural wealth of a world-class public research university, one propelled by an historic public mission and a commitment to access and social impact. The University offers degrees ranging across music, visual arts, literature, film, theater, dance, architecture, and multiple design fields. With numerous internationally renowned museums, galleries, and presenting organizations, over 200 student clubs devoted to the arts and design, and an enviable roster of free public lectures and cultural events each day, the University of California, Berkeley is mobilizing new generations of creative leaders, arts audiences, and engaged citizens.

Established in 2015, Berkeley Arts + Design is a campus-wide initiative within the office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design, one that serves arts and design departments, schools, colleges, presenters, and student clubs. From Art Practice to Landscape Architecture, Cal Performance to Botanical Gardens, Holloway Reading Series to Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium, Student Musical Activities to Innovative Design Club, Arts + Design cultivates cross-campus conversations, strengthens student experiences, propels new courses and academic offerings, supports public events, and fuels collaborative faculty research in the creative sphere.