College of Fine Arts

One of the first buildings on the Carnegie Mellon campus, the College of Fine Arts building (celebrating its centennial year in 2014) is a grand showcase of marble and brass, with sculptures and frescos greeting visitors at every turn. The building houses the Office of the Dean and related support offices (Research, Business, Administration, Advancement), as well as the following:

  • The School of Architecture offices, classrooms, wood shop and laboratories
  • The School of Art offices and studios
  • The School of Music offices, practice rooms and recording studio
  • The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
  • Alumni Recital Hall
  • Kresge Theater
  • Zebra Lounge

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Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall

Home to the main office of the School of Design, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall also features design classrooms, laboratories, and School of Architecture offices and classrooms. Additionally, the revolutionary Intelligent Workplace, on the penthouse level, is the crown jewel of Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall. Learn more about these facilities by clicking on the highlighted links.

The Purnell Center for the Arts

Central to the Purnell Center for the Arts, home to Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama, is the Philip Chosky Theatre, the main-stage facility with a proscenium stage and a 450-seat house. The Broadway-style theater is equipped with a motorized orchestra pit, an electronic winch system, computerized rigging for scenery and a rear projection bay. Also making the Philip Chosky Theatre a model of modern theater design are lower audience seating on modular platforms and sub-floor troughs that permit the transport of equipment under a flexible stage that can be reconfigured for each individual production.

Additionally, the School of Drama facilities feature the 130-seat Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre, three design studios, a state-of-the-art video studio with a three-camera sound stage and post-production facilities, a world-renowned lighting lab, costume shop, scene shop and faculty offices.

Digital Arts Studio

The Digital Arts Studio [DAS], located in Doherty Hall's lower level, provides digital imaging and fabrication services and support, focused on large format printing, large-format scanning, and 3D printing and consultation with School of Art technicians. DAS aims to provide the best possible prints and 3D models to School of Art students, faculty and staff, who have the privilege to request jobs, while outside students taking classes provided by Art may request prints related to the particular class they are taking. Access to DAS and its equipment is restricted to monitored hours or scheduled jobs only.

Miller Gallery

The Miller Gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts, and it sits at the end closest to Forbes Avenue. The gallery is a three-floor, 6,000-square-foot exhibition space introducing internationally significant contemporary artists to the public. The gallery is complemented with technology for displaying the latest in electronic media and installations. Look here for more information on the gallery.

Future Tenant

Future Tenant (FT), a flexible space located in the heart of the Cultural District, features alternative exhibitions and performances by emerging artists from the Carnegie Mellon community and beyond. FT is an ongoing leadership project, staffed entirely by students from the Master of Arts Management Program, a joint graduate program of CFA and Heinz College. Learn more at www.futuretenant.org.

Studio 201

Studio 201 is the School of Drama’s 15,000 square-foot, flexible media lab in an open warehouse environment in Pittsburgh’s North Point Breeze neighborhood. The equipment in the facility includes large (12’ x 7’) mobile rear-screen units, moving walls (8 ‘x 8’), lighting, sound and video projection equipment.