The American University in Cairo / Centre for the Arts

The American University in Cairo – Performing and Visual Arts

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The department  for the arts is comprised of the Art, Film, Music and Theatre programs. Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in Theatre, Art, and Music Technology, and a minor is offered in each of the four programs. All four programs contribute courses to the core curriculum. Department for the arts  provides an education that encompasses the fine arts as a historical, cultural and social study within a liberal arts context. The curriculum strives to prepare students for the engagement of the imagination and the intellect through comprehensive analysis of theory and application of practical skills.

The integration of events programming with curriculum development and faculty research is central to the department’s mission. Center for the arts  provides public events including music concerts, art exhibitions, theatrical productions, film series and festivals for AUC and the Cairo community. Production and events programming aims to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of creative expression by engaging in the conceptual and practical process of public presentation.

The department acknowledges that the creative productivity of the faculty is intrinsic to the growth and vitality of the program and encourages the collaboration of creative work, exhibitions and performances between programs of  Department.

An American liberal arts university in the heart of the Middle East

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university – an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures.

AUC is an independent, non-profit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC’s academic program is rooted in liberal education. The university’s rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline.


In our increasingly globalized society, AUC offers a vital bridge between the cultures of East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the United States and the rest of the world through scholarly research, study-abroad programs and partnerships with academic and research institutions. AUC builds leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, AUC upholds the principles of academic freedom and is dedicated to excellence.

Through its high quality liberal arts education, AUC provides the room for AUC students to think critically, engage with the world’s religious, political and cultural disciplines and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. AUC faculty and students share a common vision to improve Egypt, the Middle East and the contemporary world through its community-based learning courses, community service clubs and research centers.

Our nearly 5,000 undergraduates come from every corner of Egypt and from 113 countries around the world. As they graduate, they join a worldwide network of more than 30,000 AUC alumni, who are leaders in finance and commerce, law and engineering, politics and culture, community service and computer science.

The university boasts the largest English-language library in Egypt, and AUC Press is the leading publisher of English-language books in the Arab world. The university’s 260-acre New Cairo Campus represents a major investment in the future of the city, the country, and the region — a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching and civic engagement

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