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The mission of the School of Fine and Performing Arts is based upon the belief that students make the most creative progress when taught by professional working artists in a thriving urban environment. The school is committed to the study and practice of architecture, art, music, theater arts, film and dance within a nurturing environment that encourages individual growth and imagination. Located in the heart of Portland’s cultural district, the school resides within the Park Blocks of downtown, in which the major arts organizations are based, such as the Portland Art Museum and the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. We view this as our extended campus. Within blocks of the school reside theaters, galleries, professional studios, and design and architectural firms, which provide a stimulating environment in which our students develop through interactions and internships. The combination of a celebrated faculty and professional arts environment creates exciting and challenging undergraduate and graduate programs with high professional standards.