Art Programs

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Film

Arts Overview

At UNIS, artistic self-expression and exploration is a valued aspect of every child’s development in Pre-K through Tutorial House. An impressive array of courses and programs of study are offered each year. Studio practice, problem solving, and cultural investigation are vital components in our 3 major disciplines: Art, Music and Theatre. By studying a variety of artistic traditions and practices, students become aware of the cultural contexts that inform perception and imagination and make life-long connections to the world around them. 

Kim Bruno (, director of arts

"Arts are fundamental to the human condition—an essential source of communication, expression and understanding."


2024 A Festival of Orchestras at Carnegie Hall

2024 Production of Mary Poppins Jr.

2023 Production of Antigone

2022 Arts Festival

UNIS Winter Concert Series 2022

Please enjoy the 2022 UNIS Winter Concert Series featuring Strings Camerata, Wind Ensemble, Senior Chorus, Tut House Jazz Band, and Middle School Jazz Band. Individual recordings of each ensemble can be found by clicking here

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UNIS Arts Respond to COVID-19

"We are the World"

This project represents the resiliency, optimism, and strength of our community. Featuring students from Junior School through Tutorial House and members of our music faculty, “We are the World” reminds us all that there are brighter days ahead.

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UNIS students perform at Carnegie Hall

As music is fundamental to human expression, the UNIS Music Department provides students with an environment to explore, experience, perform and enjoy music in relation to themselves, others, and the world around them, past and present.

Students explore how musical traditions from around the world both influence and mirror a host of cultural settings. Through this global setting, students analyze how musical characteristics are shaped by emotions...


Tutorial House students perform Grease

The UNIS Theatre Department offers a progressive curriculum that promotes artistic exploration, specialized training, and interdisciplinary exchange to a diverse group of students in grades 3-12. Through hands-on experience and theoretical study, the department provides innovative learning opportunities that integrate theatre with societal change and progress. With an emphasis on both individual, differentiated learning and collaborative experiences, students grow as artists, individuals, and community members.


An IB student poses with her artwork at an art showcase
Visual Arts

By studying different artistic traditions, students become aware of the cultural contexts that inform perception and imagination and begin to see their own work in context. Artists, movements, and cultures that are relevant to studio projects and interdisciplinary themes are studied. Museum trips and visits by artists are scheduled when appropriate.
Skills in design, drawing, creative process, problem solving, special techniques, and cultural research are structured to enable students to direct their imaginative efforts and learn from tradition. 

Visual Arts

Screenshot of a student created film

As part of the Visual Arts Department, the film program offers opportunities for T1–T4 students to explore filmmaking practice, history, theory, and analysis. The program focuses on creative problem solving through collaborative productions, developing understanding of film textual analysis, studying sociocultural and international contexts of cinema production, examining film theory, and learning film history.