You will find that the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) facilities create an environment that is attractive and conducive to the creative processes of art, communication, theatre, dance and music.
The Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center
In the summer of 1998, the University of Saint Francis purchased a former Standard Oil property and warehouse that was used from 1890 until the 1970s as a storage facility. The ground surrounding the buildings contained a petroleum product residue. Today, what was once a useless site is now fully clean and serves a vital purpose for SOCA.
The renovated 55,000-square-foot complex houses studio space for all areas of art and communication, exhibition spaces, and professionally equipped video and computer facilities. There are 580 computer outlets in the facility, allowing technology to be taken to all areas of the department.
The North Campus facilities house a 500-seat auditorium, dance studio, gallery space and Music Technology classrooms, including computer music labs, a recording studio and rehearsal spaces.
Performing Arts Center
The USF Performing Arts Center, part of the university’s downtown campus, provides a performance hall with over 2,000 seats for SOCA’s theatrical and musical productions.
Auer Arts Center
Dance program coursework is held at the facilities of Fort Wayne Ballet at Auer Center for Arts & Culture, just two and a half miles east of the university. The ballet’s beautiful space in downtown Fort Wayne offers four state-of-the-art rehearsal studios.
The Auer Center for Arts & Culture is also home to an art gallery, a coffee shop and bakery, a comfortable lounge area and ample safe parking.