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Miami Beach Urban Studios

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(September 20, 2011 MBUS Grand Opening. Click the image to see larger image with names of many participants.)


To use the power of communication, architecture + the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to local challenges with national and global impacts.


To build upon the vision of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts by utilizing the innovation, community engagement, and expertise afforded by its participating faculty members, facilities, and location to be at the forefront of teaching, research, and service in art, design, performance, and communication.


Research collisions between arts, design, science and technology that further our understanding of and enhance what it means to be human in an increasingly digital world.


The Miami Beach Urban Studios offer undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study in one of the most vibrant, artistic urban centers in the world for one or more semesters, while gaining valuable professional experience at design firms, and by working with innovative public, private, and non-profit arts organizations throughout the city.

Located in the iconic Art Deco 420 Lincoln Road building, the Miami Beach Urban Studios give students and faculty access to Miami Beach’s burgeoning arts and design culture. For a brief, early, and growing history of the building click here: 420 Lincoln Road Building History.

The Miami Beach Urban Studios provide expansive space for design and fine arts students, practice and performance spaces for music and theatre students as well expansive gallery/exhibition spaces and classroom space for use by the entire College. The location is an ideal base for the study in arts, design and performance, for museum and gallery visits, and for exposure to the wealth of arts organizations located in Miami Beach. The Studios also offer a full roster of courses enriched by Miami Beach’s unique artistic, historical, and cultural resources and by the extensive network of noted professionals, artists and performers who serve as visiting critics and mentors.

FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios in the NEWS!

To join our email list for IN THE MIX, please contact John Stuart: stuartj@fiu.edu.

To download the complete program of the 2016 Arts@FIU Day event organized by the CARTA Office of Cultural and Community Engagement, please click here

For more on the MBUS Leadership Advisory Board initiative, MBUS LEADS (Leadership Engagement and Development Students) Program, click here.

FIU | College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

The College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture + the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Unique in composition and mission, CARTA has offered degree programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design, Art + Art History, Communication Arts, Music, and Theatre for over ten years. As of 2016, we are excited to announce that FIU’s prestigious School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) has been integrated with CARTA, bringing degree programs in Communication and Journalism & Media.

CARTA’s students have the unique experience to work with our award-winning faculty, in nationally ranked programs, in the heart of Miami — one of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities!  To learn more about the vision and mission of CARTA, as well as the exciting work being done within our distinguished academic departments, please visit carta.fiu.edu.

College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
PH: 305-535-1463 |
E-Mail: janthomp@fiu.edu