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Opportunities to pursue your passion in the arts, develop your creativity, innovate, and express yourself abound at Dartmouth. 



Pilobolus, a unique dance company, was founded at Dartmouth in the early 1970s by three Dartmouth students. Today, that spirit of creativity and innovation is present in the work of the professionally-led Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, as well as in the work of student-led dance groups that run the gamut from ballet and hip hop to fusion and funk and to salsa and tango. You’ll also find groups dedicated to Native American dance, as well as to the dance traditions of Africa, Asia, India, and the Middle East.


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Interested in learning and applying design skills? Join some of the labs and clubs at Dartmouth to learn and practice design thinking, UI/UX design, web design, visual design, game design, and product design. Design@Dartmouth is your portal to explore design opportunities at Dartmouth.

Film and Television

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Late-night talk shows and sketch comedies - Dartmouth Television offers aspiring writers, actors, producers and videographers a great platform to showcase their skills. Love film? The Dartmouth Film Society and Hop Film offer plenty to satisfy the devoted cinephiles.


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You’ll find Dartmouth students performing in musical ensembles all over campus and all around the world. Professionally-led vocal and instrumental ensembles in the Hopkins Center provide students with exceptional opportunities for musical growth and performance. Student-led a capella groups span the close-harmony gamut. Campus cafes and other social spaces come alive with students performing their own take on bluegrass, classical, country, rock, indie and more.


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From the country’s first collegiate newspaper—The Dartmouthto art and literary journals like MOUTH and Stonefence Review, political commentary in the Dartmouth Radical and the Dartmouth Political Times, from the College’s storied humor magazines—the Jack-O-Lanternto academic journals in philosophy, science, business, law, global health and medicine, and more, students have many outlets for making their voices heard. Fun fact: Theodor Seuss Geisel ’25 -- aka Dr. Seuss -- wrote for the Jack-O-Lantern while a student at Dartmouth!


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Students, faculty, staff, and alumni dedicate their time and talents to make a positive difference locally and around the world. Examples of arts-based service opportunities START -- Student Teachers in the Arts -- a program that matches Dartmouth student volunteers with area 1st-8th grade classrooms. Dartmouth musicians mentor middle school students as part of the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble’s Youth Winds program. A unique community-based learning course uses storytelling to empower people in crisis to change their lives. Visit Dartmouth’s Center for Social Impact for more information on how you can make a difference.


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Actors, directors, designers, playwrights, producers, musicians, theater techies -- you’ll find so many ways to engage your passion for theater and stagecraft. The Theater Department offers professionally-directed mainstage productions and offers support and mentorship for student-directed work. Aspiring playwrights can compete in the 24-hour writing competition or Dartmouth’s annual Frank-Dodd playwriting competition. Student theater groups include Shakespeare, improv, musical theater and spoken word.