Welcome from the Dean

Sarah Bay Cheng
Sarah Bay Cheng, Dean

“If it can be done, why do it?” – Gertrude Stein, Lectures 1934

For over 50 years, students, faculty and staff have come to the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) at York University because we share a passion for the arts and the conviction that they can transform our world. We are a premier destination for diverse creative talents, who use our original programs in dance, design, digital media, film, music, theatre, and the visual arts as springboards for ground-breaking work. Our AMPD alumni and colleagues are award-winning artists, cutting-edge researchers, cultural leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and more.

The history and foundation of the AMPD community is what propels us forward, emboldening us to pose new questions, devise new methods, and test new limits. This spirit of experimentation and improvisation found throughout our faculty is the difference between keeping up with today and leading the way into tomorrow.

I’m delighted to welcome you to AMPD’s dynamic community of makers, thinkers, teachers and learners. I look forward to working with you to do what has not yet been done.

Sarah Bay-Cheng, Dean