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The arts have always maintained a place of prominence in Utah. Early settlers began building theatres and dance halls at the same time they started construction on homes and businesses. The fledgling University of Deseret, founded in 1850, was dedicated to fine art and sciences. As that institution evolved into The University of Utah, a central focus on the importance of the performing and visual arts remained. The College of Fine Arts was officially established in 1948 and has continued to grow and flourish for the past 60 years. The College is home to the School of Music, the Division of Film Studies, and the Departments of Art and Art History, Ballet, Modern Dance, and Theatre.