Students may focus their education in one of three concentrations: studio, theater, or film and photography. Courses draw on the resources of Riceâ€™s active and accomplished faculty, extensive on-campus facilities, and Houstonâ€™s vibrant artistic community. The department boasts a state-of-the-art cinema, as well as a 500-seat proscenium-style theater. Distinguished speakers, visiting artists, film series, field trips, student exhibitions and performance opportunities all contribute to an immersive arts education that extends well beyond the classroom.
This award endowment was given to the department by Russ Pitman to honor the memory of Raymond John Swift, a former employee of the Rice Police Department.Â
The Raymond John Swift award of $500 is given to a senior studio art track major.