Creative Arts Studios

The Soka Creative Arts Studios supplement our Creative Arts Program (CARTS), providing work spaces and equipment for students enrolled in CARTS courses.


As the CARTS program’s focus is on the “hands-on” creation of artworks, students who are enrolled in our courses have extended access to the studios to do their creative work outside of class meeting times. There are no lab or materials fees for use of these facilities for enrolled students.

All our visual arts students have the opportunity to display their works in the annual student show in the Founders Gallery. Students enrolled in Music Ensemble or CARTS music-related courses can also sign up to use university-owned instruments, including pianos, strings, winds, percussion and electronics, and have the opportunity to perform each semester in the Soka Performing Arts Center and Black Box Theatre.

Our Studios

Ceramics Studio

Our Ceramics/Sculpture studio includes pottery wheels, kilns, and a full range of hand tools.

Photography Studio

Our Photography studio includes a b/w darkroom with enlarging and printing equipment, as well as analog cameras and lighting and mounting equipment. 

Drawing and Painting Studio

Our Drawing and Painting studio features both natural and artificial light, and includes easels and drafting tables.

Dance Studio

Our Dance studio includes a sprung floor, full mirrors, and sound system and bar. Dance students also use the Black Box Theatre for their rehearsals and recitals.

Music Facilities

Our Music facilities include a piano lab with electronic keyboards, ensemble rehearsal rooms, instrument storage (for student-owned instruments), a computer music studio, and practice rooms (including four with grand pianos).