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The Engine of Creative Innovation

Armed with foundational knowledge, transferable skills and enduring experience, Arts and Humanities graduates don’t just impact the workforce — they transform it.

With your philanthropic support of the Division of Arts and Humanities — which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego — we can make waves for the greater good. Through unexpected interdisciplinary partnerships, we spark deeper understanding of the human experience and empower students to imagine the future.

Help us propel our faculty and students to make art, make history and make an impact. Explore our giving priorities below and make a gift today.

Arts and Humanities Giving Priorities

Enhancing the Student Experience

Scholarships, internships and fellowships create access to immersive and experiential learning opportunities, empowering students to follow their passions. Programs like the Student Production Fund and the Alumni Mentoring Programs open doors to hands-on experiences and relationships that frame new futures.

Enriching the Campus Community

State-of- the-art facilities like the new Arts and Humanities building and programs such as the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Excellence Initiative enable scholars from disparate departments to connect, create and thrive. And sustained support for faculty endowed chairs helps us recruit and retain academic rock stars.

Sparking Research and Innovation

Help us develop the next generation of innovative humanists and artists by supporting programs such as the institute of Arts and Humanities, a hub for the division’s cross-disciplinary research; and the Emerging Technology in the Arts initiative, where artists gain innovative technical training.

Promoting Academic Excellence

In the Division of Arts and Humanities, we teach nontradition through critical thinking, creative expression and clear communication. The division spans six departments: Literature; History; Philosophy; Theatre and Dance; Visual Arts; and Music.

Making an Impact

"Tomato Picking" (1949) by Zinaida Mikhailovna Kovalevskaya Division of Arts and Humanities receives 12-piece collection of mid-20th century Soviet art

Gift from longstanding campus supporters Ann and Joel Reed to be on display in the new North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood

Twelve pieces of art from the Soviet Impressionism and Socialist Realism periods will find a new home in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, thanks to longtime UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities supporters Ann and Joel Reed.

Contributing to the Campaign for UC San Diego, the first-of-its-kind gift to the division will be installed in the new Arts and Humanities Building to benefit all who visit the new neighborhood, from faculty, staff and students to visiting scholars and the greater San Diego community.

“We love these paintings, and we decided it was time that we share them with a much larger audience,” said Ann and Joel Reed. “We hope that it will cause people to become more interested in the Russia of the 20th Century, and perhaps develop a greater understanding of the Russia of the current century.”

The Reed family are continuous, loyal supporters of the university’s educational mission through gifts like this collection, endowed funds for creative and academic enhancement, and their valued time. With their support, the university established in 2015 the Reed Family Presidential Chair in Music, currently held by Steven Schick. In 2017, the Reeds provided generous annual gifts and created an endowment for permanent support for the UC San Diego Institute for Practical Ethics, administered by the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Read the full story in the UC San Diego News Center >>

The Hallmark of Excellence

The UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities invites members of our community to contribute to a special initiative establishing the Cecil Lytle Endowed Chair in African and African-American Music.

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3rd in the Nation

Time-based media/new media fine arts program (U.S. News and World Report)

4th in the World

Best MFA program, Theatre and Dance (Hollywood Reporter)

Renowned Faculty

Including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, and the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship

The Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Acoustically one of the finest small concert halls in the world

A Neighborhood Like No Other

The new North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will be an innovative, mixed-use community to further connect students with each other, faculty and staff by incorporating residential, academic and administrative space — including a building specifically for the Division of Arts and Humanities.

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The Campaign for UC San Diego: Continue the nontradition

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. Learn more at