The goal of Living Arts is to spur and support collaborative, creative work across disciplinary boundaries and to provide an open, playful environment that encourages students to generate and pursue new ideas.

Creative leaps thrive on two elements: deep knowledge and expertise in a subject area, and interaction with people whose knowledge and expertise are different from—but in some unexpected way complementary to—your own.

Intensive study in your major(s) takes care of the deep knowledge and expertise part; our hope is that living, playing, studying, and experimenting with your peers in Living Arts provides the catalytic interaction you need to rise to your own creative heights.


Join Living Arts and experience living and learning on the creative edge!

Living Arts is an interdisciplinary residential community in Bursley Hall on the University of Michigan’s North Campus that brings together 115 undergraduates in the arts, architecture, engineering, and other fields to explore innovation, creativity and collaboration. Living Arts strives to provide an open, playful environment that encourages students to generate and pursue creative new ideas. The program offers weekly classes and monthly workshops by distinguished faculty and working professionals from the fields of engineering, architecture, visual arts, film, music performance and composition, dance, and theater. All Living Arts students take an interdisciplinary class together and work on collaborative projects. In addition, Living Arts provides mentorship by older students and support for Living Arts students to create their own programming and events.

Living Arts, the only learning community on North Campus, is also the only learning community co-sponsored by the four North Campus units:

  • College of Engineering
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning.

Note that creative students from all disciplines and units are welcome to join Living Arts!