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 and media 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.


Odyssey Invite

dale-raoul-headshot.jpgOdyssey of the Stars we honor Dale Raoul, film, theatre, and television actor.  Join us on Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m., at the Dennison Theatre to recognize Dale's  achievements. Dale Raoul is notable for playing Maxine Fortenberry in the HBO series True Blood


Her first job was on Murder, She Wrote and she was thrilled and terrified to have dialogue with Angela Lansbury. Other highlights include A Blast from The Past, The Mexican, The Lawnmower Man, The Bronze, Friends, The Office, The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, NYPD Blue, LA Law, Designing Women, Six Feet Under, Royal Pains, Fresh Off the Boat, Bones, Young Sheldon, Seinfeld and two seasons on Stephen King’s Under the Dome.


She was honored with the Best Actress Award at the Stella Adler Festival in Los Angeles and with her husband, Ray Thompson, received the 2012 Visions and Visionaries Award from California State University, Fullerton.


Please join us in honoring Dale and raising much needed funds for current and future CAM students. You can support Odyssey through a sponsorship or purchase tickets at See you there!



Amazon Prime College Tour

Spotlight on CAM Students

“The College Tour,” an Amazon Prime TV series created by award-winning producers, tells the story of colleges and universities around the world, sharing details of campus life, academics, housing, sports, activities, and more.


Each episode focuses on a single university and the University of Montana is featured! College of the Arts and Media students who are interviewed include Addie Slanger from the School of Journalism, Arwen Baxter, a Rhodes Scholar finalist and Musical Theatre student, Abbe Watson from Ceramics and eSport player Tessa Johnson. Check out their inspiring interviews and share the link with any prospective students you know!



Addie Slanger is double majoring in Journalism and Spanish. In her interview, she shares her love of journalism. She chose UM’s nationally-ranked program for the opportunity to learn by doing, amplify student voices, tell meaningful stories and get prepared for the evolving world of reporting. Now a senior, she is editor-in-chief of the UM student-run newspaper the Kaimin


Tessa Johnson


UM Segment 17 - UM eSports Blends Play and Community

A Montana native, Tessa knew about UM but chose it over other college options because of the eSports opportunities, including junior varsity and varsity teams in national play and internships in this fastest growing entertainment field. She now considers her team her campus home, a tight-knit community that emphasizes inclusivity. She has also found that she can apply what she is learning in eSports in her business classes.



Abbe Watson, Sophomore

Art major with a concentration in Ceramics

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Abbe has a passion for social justice that she balances with her art major with concentration in ceramics. She remembers touring campus while still in high school and being inspired by CAM’s

great arts program, especially Trey Hill’s chicken project. Abbe’s favorite thing about CAM is her professors, who she shares “push you to focus on the intentionality of what you turn in.” Abbe is also president of Black Students’ Union, where she is on a mission to cultivate space for black and brown students to support and encourage. Abbe’s interview conveys her love of art and hope for the future!


Arwen Baxter

Musical Theatre and English Literature

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Arwen Baxter, a Rhodes Scholar finalist and Musical Theatre and English Literature student, always knew she wanted to be a performer and writer. A third-generation UM student, Arwen has participated in many arts productions, including ones she wrote or choregraphed. She appreciates the value of hands-on experience in the arts, including the affiliation with the Montana Reperatory Theatre. She also values that she didn’t have to choose one interest over another; she can blend arts and culture with recreation, and didn’t have to choose between the living in a thriving city center and access to wilderness.



CAM Dean’s Honor’s List is Packed!

CAM Dean’s Honor’s List is Packed!

This fall 2021 semester, over 350 CAM students – about 45% of our undergraduates – made the Dean’s List! Of those, over 100 are also in theDavidson Honors College.
The Dean’s List honors those students who receive a term grade point average of3.5 or higher as a full-time student and an A or B in at least nine credits. This is accredited to the quality of students we’re attracting and to their fine performance both academically and in their creative work. Keep it up!


CAM Students featured in UM Graduate School’s Confluence Podcasts


Two CAM Students featured in UM Graduate School’s Confluence Podcasts

In Episode 51 of "Confluence, " the graduate school podcast, we hear from a Bertha Morton scholarship winner, on her journey to UM and the impact ofmentors, lights and storytelling in the field of theater. In her 12-minute interview,she talks about her student journey in CAM, Professor Mike Post's close mentoring,and the opportunities in Theatre and Dance. Hannah designed Fabled,” and is set to graduate in May with her MFA in lighting.

Last semester, Tina Mahagamage, another Bertha Morton graduate scholar, was also featured in an 8-minute podcase. A student of Michael Musick, Tina's interview can be heard online.