Visual and Performing Arts

Students who complete the major in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) pursue an interdisciplinary study of the arts by selecting among courses in historical context, studio practice, performance ensemble, and ideas and interpretation of the arts. In the VPA core courses, students will experience the theory and practice of the arts in a workshop setting and, in studio or ensemble courses, gain practical experience in at least one area of the visual or performing arts. Courses in the historical context and interpretation of the arts will enable students to understand how style, subject matter and materials may respond to different motivations and purposes. In their selection of required and elective courses, students are encouraged to focus their coursework around one of the following areas:

The School of Arts and Humanities offers several graduate degree programs for students interested in pursuing graduate work in art history, film studies, music, theatre and the visual arts.

Since catalog course descriptions are very general, students are urged to consult the detailed course descriptions on our website each semester.

Unless otherwise noted, courses in Visual and Performing Arts are open to all students in the University.

What can I do with a major in Visual and Performing Arts?