UM Arts and Media

College of the Arts and Media


The College of the Arts and Media serves as the flagship institution for the arts in Montana. The College offers a full complement of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, media arts, music, journalism, theatre and dance and integrated arts and education.


Steven Hesla Farewell Concert


After 43 years of teaching in the keyboard department at the UM School of Music our dear friend, Professor Steven Hesla (known fondly as "Prof-esla") will retire at the end of this semester.     


To recognize Steven's contribution and honor his legacy, we have created a fund in his name that will ensure the keyboard department continues to thrive.  The fund will be used to attract and retain keyboard faculty members; support travel to conferences, festivals, and workshops for professional development and recruitment; and bring guest artists and specialists in their field to Missoula to work with students, faculty, and the community.        


Steven has been the life force of the keyboard area for the past four decades.  As a gifted artist and magnificent teacher, Steven has attracted students from far and wide to UM.  His love for music and life is infectious. While we know Steven will continue to delight audiences with his incredible talent, he will be sorely missed on campus.  


Please join us in celebrating Professor Steven Hesla with a gift to the Steven Hesla Keyboard Fund at the UM School of Music.  


Send your gift by mail 

UM Foundation

Steven Hesla Fund

PO Box 7159

Missoula, MT 59807-7159 


For more information or to make your gift by phone: 

Cate Sundeen 

Director of Development

College of the Arts and Media


Letter from Dean Baefsky


The College of the Arts and Media is comprised of four schools:

The College of the Arts and Media is committed to leadership in pedagogy, creative scholarship, professional performance, artistic exhibition, and journalistic inquiry. The College prides itself on its high achieving faculty, successful alumni, and talented students who work hard to ensure that the University of Montana serves as the heart of culture and media for the state and region. Each program in the College is designed to:

  • Teach students with rigor and devotion by offering in-depth experiential learning that enables them to perform, create, and interrogate big questions of art, culture, and society with specificity and maturity, remaining open to diverse perspectives.

  • Serve the University, the community, state, region, and nation by presenting high-quality concerts, productions, exhibitions, and journalism.

  • Offer scholarly research opportunities for all disciplines to engage students in theoretical explorations of all forms of arts and media.

  • Provide leadership in the arts add media by enhancing the excellence of traditional curricula, instruction, and research with innovative and imaginative programs that utilize new technologies, incorporate various media, and enhance cultural and intellectual environments.

  • Inspire students to pursue excellence in their creative and investigative activities and uphold the free expression of complex ideas.