Jordan College of the Arts
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During this time of limited campus visit opportunities, JCA still wants to meet you! Please contact us via email or phone (317-940-9656) to set up a time to talk with a JCA faculty or staff member so we can answer your questions about any of the JCA programs.
Jordan College of the Arts—125 years young!
2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University! The College includes the departments of art, arts administration, dance, and theatre, as well as the School of Music.
The College began as the Metropolitan School of Music, founded in 1895. Originally located just north of Monument Circle, the Metropolitan School was one of the first ten schools devoted to higher music education in the United States. A rival school, the College of Musical Arts, was begun in 1907 by a former MSM faculty member, and this second music college later became the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts. These two institutions were purchased by philanthropist Arthur Jordan in 1928 and merged as the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music.
In 1949, the name was changed to the Jordan College of Music, and the conservatory became a part of Butler University in 1951. The name was changed to the Jordan College of Fine Arts in 1978, and to the Jordan College of the Arts in 2012.
With over 400 students, a faculty comprised of 47 full-time and 45+ part-time members, and a dedicated staff of 18, JCA enriches both the university and greater Indianapolis community by presenting nearly 150 performances and exhibitions annually.
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 arts 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.
JCA Signature Series
View our lineup of student-centered visits by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists and scholars, who educate and inspire JCA students in all disciplines.
Apply to JCA
Amplify your talent by applying to Butler University as a Jordan College of the Arts major.