Creative Arts Residential College

About the Creative Arts Living Learning Program

The Creative Arts Living Learning Program is for students with a strong interest or major in the creative or performing arts—from dance, music, and theatre to art studio, creative writing, design, and arts administration. The residence hall, Holmes Hall, houses solo and ensemble music practice rooms, a performance studio with projection capabilities for dance, music and theatre, an art education studio and a creative writing studio for a truly immersive living-learning program. First-year students will benefit from the support of Peer Mentors already engaged with the arts at UK. Faculty from the College of Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences teach connected courses that count toward the Arts and Creativity and/or Humanities requirements of the UK Core. Fine Arts faculty and staff organize programming uniquely customized for "creative types."

Student Profile

The Creative Arts LLP is open to first-year and continuing students who have an interest in the arts and other creative endeavors, and students from majors outside Fine Arts are welcome to apply. Returning students with prior LLP involvement add depth and experience to this energetic community, and those who would like to take a leadership role are encouraged to apply for Peer Mentor positions.

Learning Outcomes

Through participation in the Creative Arts Living Learning Program, a student will:

  • Recognize and experience various genres in the arts.
  • Demonstrate skills relevant to working with people different from themselves.
  • Manage the college experience to achieve academic and personal success.
  • Compare various creative or arts-related occupations for future employment, and express strategies relevant to identifying and seeking an occupation in their field


The Creative Arts Living Learning Program is housed in Holmes Hall located in the North campus neighborhood on the corner of South Limestone and Avenue of Champions.

Connected Courses

In general, the Creative Arts connected courses will counts towards students’ UK Core degree requirements in Arts and Creativity and/or Humanities. All connected course meet in the Creative Arts classrooms. For Fall 2018, the connected course options are:

  • A-E 120-002 - Pathways to Creativity through the Visual Arts
  • MUS 123-001 - Beginning Classroom Guitar
  • TAD 140-002 - Introduction to Dance
  • TA 120-001 - Creativity and the Art of Acting
  • AAD 150-001 - Exploring Arts Administration


Students in the Creative Arts Living Learning Program can expect to engage in programs similar to the following ones throughout the course of the academic year:

College of Fine Arts Program Tickets

  • Students are offered free or reduced rates for tickets to select performances or productions by UK Music, Opera, Theatre, and Dance.

Group Attendance to Arts Events in the UK and Lexington Communities

  • These events can include Gallery Hop in downtown Lexington and gallery events hosted by the UK Art Museum or the School of Art and Visual Studies; performances in the Singletary Center for the Arts; writers’ conferences, poetry jams, or many other arts-related events in the Lexington community.  Group visits may include a discussion led by a UK faculty member or guest speaker to enrich the experience.

Residence Hall Programming

  • Holmes Hall houses the Creative Arts Studios. These specialized facilities are programmed with guest speakers and performances open to the community, as well as special programs and activities exclusively for LLP students. These special programs may include open-mic nights, visiting artist workshops, student showcases and artistic collaborations, as examples.

Peer Mentor Job Description