Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is named for the late Louis Dembitz Brandeis, the distinguished associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, and reflects the ideals of academic excellence and social justice he personified.
Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country.
Brandeis supports an innovative and exciting program of learning that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems. Undergraduates, from the very first year, enjoy leadership positions and research opportunities typically available only to upperclass and graduate students.
Located in Waltham, Mass., on 235 attractive suburban acres, Brandeis is in an ideal location just nine miles west of Boston.
The arts play a powerful role in Brandeis’ commitment to social justice. We believe that artists need to participate in the world as citizens.
The visual and performing arts are more than decoration and entertainment. They help nurture multiculturalism, provide a humanistic balance to modern technology, and inspire creative responses to the complex issues facing our world.
Whether most interested in theater arts, fine arts or music, students at Brandeis have an unending commitment to social justice.
The arts at Brandeis foster a community within the university and the Greater Boston area. Almost every student at Brandeis is involved in the arts, whether it be through theater, fine arts or music. More than 1,500 students participate in fine arts courses every year, while some 200 participate in the six music department ensembles, and student actors, designers and directors collaborate with professional theater artists and the resident Brandeis Theater Company.
The visual and performing arts communities that are developed and nurtured in the classroom also play large roles in extracurricular life. Brandeis is home to dozens of student performing groups ranging from classical music ensembles to the famous Brandeis a cappella groups and Undergraduate Theatre Collective. Our university arts community celebrates annually with the popular Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, which draws audiences from all over the Boston area and beyond.
Because the City of Boston, home to some of the most important visual and performing arts organizations in the country — including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts and American Repertory Theater — is situated merely a stone’s throw from Waltham, being a student at Brandeis offers world-class opportunities to experience and study visual and performing arts with leading arts professionals. Students work closely with a faculty of faculty of professionals, academics, guest artists and visiting artists.
In residence at Brandeis are the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian String Quartet and Brandeis Theater Company. Through close faculty relationships and university resources, students have valuable internship and study opportunities with local music organizations, theaters and museums, during the school year, summers and following graduation.
Recently Brandeis students have interned with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Metropolitan Opera, Berkshire Theater Festival and Shakespeare & Co.