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A School for Visual and Performing Arts

Where artistic expression and creativity meet academic excellence in a world-class research university located in Washington, D.C., one of the country's greatest cities for the arts.

Welcome to Catholic University's Newest School

The Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America voted on June 5, 2018, to unite the Departments of Drama and Art, previously in the School of Arts and Sciences, with the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music to create the new Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art. This new school includes the Department of Music Performance; the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition; the Department of Drama; and the Department of Art.

Light the Way Campaign

Make a Powerful Impact . When you contribute to The Fund for the Rome School, you help to ensure that a Catholic University education remains affordable to each student who seeks one.  Your contribution will also ensure the building of a new

Bringing the Arts Together

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art unites programs that are by nature creative and collaborative to inaugurate an exciting new dynamic focus on the visual and performing arts at Catholic University.

School Statement on Anti-Racism

The Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art is dedicated to achieving diversity and full inclusion, and addressing the consequences of systemic racism. As artists, educators, and scholars, we believe that the fine and performing arts can play a pivotal role in effecting change, and we strive to vigorously nurture a community of faculty, students, staff, and leadership that are empowered to make change.  To do that, we must change ourselves, our practices, and our curricula. We understand deeply that this must be achieved with far more than words and promises.  It will require action from all of us.  To that end, The Rome School Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and Equity committee has been established to investigate past, current, and ongoing practices to promote racial equality in all aspects of School operations. 

Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, stated in his newsletter, “racism is America’s original sin.  It continues to complicate all our attempts to create a truly human civil society.  Those of us who accept the audacious task of leading faith-based education still have much work to do.”  We are inspired by his words and are ready and willing to do that work. 

We pledge to constantly renew our commitment to listen to and engage with the voices of black, indigenous, and people of color in the arts, to examine our own biases and racist tendencies, to develop curricula that shifts the narrative from white hegemony, and to endeavor to create an environment that is equitable towards all members of our community. 

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Student Experience

There are several opportunities both on campus and off in Washington, D.C., for students to immerse themselves in music, drama, art, and any other activities that interest them.