Sharks across campus - regardless of major - enjoy a thriving cultural scene at NSU Florida. If you have a particular passion for and talent in performing arts, you can major or minor in a discipline such as art, dance, theatre, and music (we even offer scholarships).

  • Perform in our modern Performing and Visual Arts wing in the Don Taft University Center.
  • Showcase your art at the NSU Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
  • Enjoy on-campus theater performances, visit the art museum, or linger in front of the many renowned art installations on campus.

Exclusive On-Campus Artwork

The NSU Glass Garden Was Created by World-Renowned Glass Artist Dale Chihuly

NSU’s Own Art Museum

In 2008, Fort Lauderdale’s Art Museum Merged with NSU

Best-Kept Secret for Art

Fort Lauderdale’s Growing Art District Is Recognized as an “Up-and-Coming Scene”

Performing and Visual Arts on Campus

Here at NSU, you’ll be at the forefront of arts and culture, not just on campus but also in the local community. You’ll gain exposure to real audiences and get hands-on experience participating in events at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, showcasing your talents at the Black Box Theatre, or having your voice heard on NSU’s student-run radio station.

Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Open to the public, the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center is NSU’s on-campus theatre where students both participate as performers and attend as the audience. The Performing Arts Center is also rented out for non-NSU events, connecting with the local community’s arts organizations. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, managing partner of the theatre, provides additional cultural programming opportunities for Broward County residents, NSU students, and faculty members.

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Black Box Theatre

The Don Taft University Center, a central hub for NSU students, also houses the Black Box Theatre where students exhibit art and perform in theatre, music, and dance. Many of the events are open to the public, giving the local community a chance to witness Shark talent.

NSU Art Museum

The NSU Art Museum is a partnership between NSU and the city of Fort Lauderdale, anchoring our arts degrees and programs to the museum.

Since 2008, the NSU Art Museum has showcased extraordinary exhibits and art programs. From exploring fashion designer Anna Sui’s body of work to virtual tours for schoolchildren, the museum ties NSU together with the local community.

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Mako Radio

Mako Radio 88.5 FM is NSU’s student-managed, noncommercial, nonprofit radio station, broadcasting live and streaming on 24 hours a day. In addition to providing world, national, and local music and sports news, Mako Radio also highlights NSU-specific news and sports.

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Programs and Degrees in the Arts

NSU’s Performing and Visual Arts degrees will allow you to freely express your creativity and prepare you to excel as a professional in the arts.

What kind of art degree can you earn at NSU?

The Halmos College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate programs in art, arts administration, dance, music, musical theatre, and theatre.

Find Your Degree

The Shark Talent program has not only driven me to become a better artist but has also led me to lifelong connections with other artists here in the NSU community. Shark Talent has allowed me to explore art in ways that no other institution could provide.

Cassidy L. | Environmental Science, Theatre
Students performing on stage

Razor’s Edge Shark Talent and Shark Gold

As a Razor’s Edge Shark Talent Scholar, you can earn a scholarship when you major or minor in the performing and visual arts. And if you’re a singer, check out Shark Gold!

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Local Culture

Take your love of arts and culture, and experience an on- and off-campus adventure. Enjoy open-air festivals, concerts, pop-up art events, and of course, NSU’s museum in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Or head down to the Miami area to get in with the Wynwood art crowd.

Concerts and Shows

Catch local bands and international headliners at Fort Lauderdale’s landmark FLA Live Arena, and soak in beach concerts like the three-day Tortuga Music Festival in April.

Discover Your Next Concert
NSU Florida students at Tortuga Music Festival
NSU Florida students attend Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show


South Florida’s sunny climate is tailor-made for festivals. Enjoy a range of events, from the annual International Boat Show to the Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival.

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Las Olas

Take a stroll down Las Olas Boulevard for the best shopping and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. And be sure to check the event calendar—Las Olas Boulevard is also known for its fairs and festivals.

Explore the Boulevard
Shop and eat on Los Olas Boulevard
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is at the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s downtown area

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the middle of a 22-block span of historic blocks in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District. Visit museums and art galleries during the day, and then check out the restaurants and clubs at night.

Plan Your Visit