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Jordan College of the Arts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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.

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 Land Acknowledgement Statement

We acknowledge that we gather here at Butler University on the traditional land of indigenous peoples

including the Potawatomi, Miami, Delaware, and Shawnee. 

We honor with gratitude the land itself and the indigenous peoples past and present who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit,

while also acknowledging that some were brought to this land not by choice.

Apply to JCA

Amplify your talent by applying to Butler University as a Jordan College of the Arts major.

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.

College Departments


Art at Butler combines the creative practice of visual art with the discipline of design to prepare its students for an adaptable career in an ever-changing work landscape. Coursework includes study of traditional visual art forms, current design practices, and a required second major or minor. Our professionally practicing faculty encourage students to widely explore their interests so that after their time at Butler, they have the right mix of information, skills, and experiences to pursue a fulfilling and sustainable career.

Arts Administration

Arts Administration is the business of bringing the arts to the public. Whether it’s through marketing, ticket sales, educational programming, 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 of a chosen art form with classes in business, non-profit management, and communications to prepare graduates for the many varied opportunities in a career advocating for the arts.


Our Department of Dance is a rich, nourishing environment for the professional development of the highest caliber dancers in the nation. Students receive conservatory-level instruction from a faculty of highly respected artists/teachers, each one offering classes with an emphasis on strong technical development, detailed artistic mentoring, and professionally focused advising.


More. This simple word describes the opportunities you’ll have in our School of Music. In addition to studying music, our flexible curriculum allows you to easily pursue a double major, study abroad, collaborate with internationally acclaimed artists, complete a major research project, or teach in the Butler Community Arts School—all with the encouragement of Butler’s renowned faculty.


Butler Theatre is theatre for the real world. We strive to push the boundaries of our art by creating innovative productions and instilling 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 enter the world as a working theatre professional.