The mission of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is to develop engaged citizens with exceptional abilities in the arts.

Welcome to the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, center stage at IU South Bend for Communication Studies, Fine Arts, Music, Integrated New Media Studies, and Theatre & Dance. The arts are the essential core of civilization, reflecting the heart and soul of communities and individuals. The arts are our heritage and guide our vision of the future. At the Raclin School of the Arts we celebrate with breathtaking performances, spirited conversation, and thought provoking imagery, all born out of our dedication to providing students with a superb arts education. Connect//Collaborate//Create

Unified for 25: Actress Dawnn Lewis to open 25th anniversary celebration

Dawnn LewisUnified for 25, our year-long anniversary celebrtaion, will kick off with the opening of our exhibition, celebrating the history of our school at The History Museum on September 7th. Actress Dawnn Lewis, of A Different World and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, will be the keynote speaker. Lewis, who has served on the National Advisory Board of the National Center for Civil & Human Rights and the Screen Actors Guild National Advisory Board of Directors. Lewis lends her support to numerous causes, including the Los Angeles Urban League, United Negro College Fund, American Cancer Society, United States Conference on AIDS, and Artists For A New South Africa, will deliver a message about arts advocacy. Admission to the lecture is free to all, however tickets are required as seating is limited. Call 574.520.4203 to place your order.

A Place to be Somebody: The Charles Gordone Story

This grant-winning project is helping to celebrate Inidiana's bicentennial birthday, with a look into our local history. Charles Gordone was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and he graduated from Elkhart High School in the 1940s. Experience Gordone’s story as written by students from Dickinson Fine Arts Academy: Marisha Brown, Kylie Downey, and Herbert Michael Ford, with their teacher Lisa Kowalski. Music for this performance was written by Marvin Curtis and Delshawn Taylor. Come out to St. Patrick's Park September 13th at 6:30 pm to get to know a locally-raised legend, who broke through social barriers in 1970, and is still inspiring people today. Tickets to this event are free to students and children, and are just $10 to the general public. Call 574.520.4203 to place your order.

CrescendoCrescendo25: Flights of Fancy

Celebrating 25 years of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts with a three floors of performing and visual arts, with drinks and culinary delights by LaSalle Grill, on October 4, 2016 at 6 pm. Your presence will support the IUSB Arts Foundation's scholarship and outreach programs for the Raclin School of the Arts. 

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is proud to annouce our new Master's in Communication Studies program!

We are excited to offer our new Master of Arts in Communication Studies that will enable them to pursue a PhD, acquire a teaching position, and/or advance within private or public sector careers. Our 36-credit-hour graduate program has four concentrations to choose from: Health Communication, Interaction and Social Processes, Media Studies, or Strategic Communication. This degree is a flexible program that full-time students can complete within two years. Classes are offered in the evening on weekdays to accommodate working professionals. Adjusted courses of study are available to part-time students.

Please visit our homepage at to learn more about our program, the requirements and steps for application. We are currently reviewing applications for our Fall 2016 cohort. To begin your application, go to: graduate studies admissions 

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have! Please contact our Coordinator of the Graduate Program, Dr. Kari Wilson at or 574.529.4674.

Online education

As technology evolves so does the way our students learn and the way our professors teach. The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend offers opportunities for students to learn through online classes. To learn more about an online education visit here.