College of Visual and Performing Arts
220 Music Building
Peter Alexander, Dean
A. Lawrence Jenkens, Associate Dean
As the premier, most comprehensive, and largest set of visual and performing arts programs in North Carolina, we transform lives by providing exceptional artistic and scholarly experiences. Our vision is to build on our reputation by becoming one of the top arts institutions in the nation. The UNC Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts will make the arts essential to all in North Carolina, the Southeast, and the Nation.
The UNC Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts is guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:
- Excellence and Innovation
Foster curiosity, creativity, skill development, and dissemination of artistic practice, pedagogy, research, and scholarship at the highest level.
- Access and Inclusivity
Serve the population of North Carolina and the nation by modeling an inclusive, collaborative, and student-oriented academic culture.
- Equity and Ethics
Commit to equitable academic policies, curricular design, and decision-making with mutual respect, accountability, and cooperation.
- Community and Place
Engage with local and global socio-political artistic performance, pedagogy, and scholarship.
The UNC Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts helps students transform passion into professional purpose. Our unique pathway to career success unlocks creativity and assists students to develop into a visual or performing artist, scholar, or arts educator.
The College consists of four Schools: Music, Theatre, Dance and Art. Within these Schools, we offer nationally accredited programs and an impressive variety of degrees and certificates at the Bachelors through the doctoral level.
All students wishing to enter one of the professional degree tracks, the B.M. or the B.F.A., must audition or interview for placement. Refer to each School’s bulletin for specific information concerning auditions and admissions procedures.
In addition to the degrees and courses housed within the Schools of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre, a number of interdisciplinary courses in the arts are offered. The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers the interdisciplinary B.A. in Arts Administration and the minor in Musical Theatre. Please see the listing of VPA courses, which are open to students in any major.
With around 1500 students, excellent facilities and an internationally recognized faculty of well over 100 members, the College of Visual and Performing Arts is a vibrant community of artists that produces more than 350 performances, exhibits, lectures and other events. The College is engaged with its community and committed to student success. As the largest and most comprehensive school of the visual and performing arts in North Carolina and one of the largest in the southeast and the nation, it has the capacity to provide experiences that other institutions cannot. We have a strong record of helping students develop their craft and the necessary knowledge to succeed in the highly competitive world of the arts. Because we are part of a large research university, a full range of interdisciplinary and collaborative opportunities are close at hand.
In accordance with the mission of the University, The College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks to enable students to understand and embrace the artistic expression of all cultures, empowering them to enrich the human experience for themselves and others. Acknowledging the enduring traditions of excellence in each discipline, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, strives to:
- Teach the imaginative, critical, aesthetic, and technical skills essential to the creative process, scholarly inquiry, and professional engagement in the continually evolving fields of the visual and performing arts.
- Promote discovery and foster inclusive learning that enriches the understanding of human diversity and global issues as they relate to the visual and performing arts.
- Provide our undergraduate students with comprehensive curricula appropriate to the various degree programs offered by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
- Equip our graduate students to become specialists and leaders in their fields through advanced study and training.
- Present public performances, shows, and events, and provide artistic resources, education and outreach to the local, regional, national and international communities that enriches student learning, promotes faculty scholarship and creative activities, which enrich the lives of all citizens while showcasing the College and University.
- CAEP Council for the Accreditation of Educational Professionals
- NASD National Association for Schools of Dance
- NASM National Association for Schools of Music
- NAST National Association for Schools of Theatre
- Arts Administration, B.A.
- Arts Administration Undergraduate Minor
- Arts in Community Undergraduate Minor
- Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice Undergraduate Minor
- Musical Theatre Undergraduate Minor
- School of Art
- Art, B.A.
- Studio Art, B.F.A.
- Art Education with K–12 Professional I Teaching Licensure, B.F.A.
- Art History for Artists Undergraduate Minor
- Art History Undergraduate Minor
- New Media and Design Undergraduate Minor
- Painting Undergraduate Minor
- Photography Undergraduate Minor
- Printmaking and Drawing Undergraduate Minor
- Sculpture and Ceramics Undergraduate Minor
- Studio Art Undergraduate Minor
- Studio Arts, M.F.A.
- School of Dance
- School of Music
- Music, B.A.
- Music Education Major, K–12 Licensure, B.M.
- Performance, B.M.
- Music Undergraduate Minor
- Music Composition, M.M.
- Music Education, M.M.
- Music Theory, M.M.
- Performance, M.M.
- Music, D.M.A.
- Music Education, Ph.D.
- Ethnomusicology, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Historical Keyboard Performance, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Jazz Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Music Composition, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Music Education, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Music Theory Pedagogy, Post-Master's Certificate
- Music Theory, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Musicology, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- School of Theatre
Minor Requirement for Students Pursuing a B.A. Degree in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
The College of Visual and Performing Arts believes in and promotes the study of the arts in the context of a broad, liberal arts curriculum. In order to gain a larger intellectual perspective, students are encouraged to pursue their major field of study within an open but disciplined plan of study.
To aid in this process, the CVPA minor requirement builds on the university's General Education requirements. In addition to the course requirements stated in the university's General Education Core (GEC), students pursuing a B.A. degree in the College of Visual and Performing Arts must also complete all requirements in a minor area of study that is different from their declared major field. Students may select minors in or outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and students are encouraged to seek advice from CVPA advisors when making this choice.
Any B.A. student who is pursuing a double major or seeking K–12 licensure in conjunction with his or her major area is exempt from this requirement.
Arts Administration (AAD)
AAD 202 Arts Admin and Entrepreneurship 3
Introduces foundational skills for successful management, launching and growth of arts organizations. Topics include strategy, organizational structure, new venture launch, entrepreneurship, market analysis, marketing, fundraising and audience engagement.
Notes: Same as ENT 202.
AAD 301 Arts Management 3
Introduction to arts management for nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses. Topics include strategy, management and leadership principles, marketing, fundraising, and financial management.
AAD 357 Experimental Course: Arts in American Society 1960s-Now 3
Study of American art, its cultural institutions, and its funding policies from the 1960s to the present.
Notes: Same as ARH 357.
AAD 455 Arts and Entrepreneurship: Career Strategies for Artists 3
Overview of professional performing arts career management tools. Students learn the basics of applying entrepreneurship skills and strategies to starting and sustaining an arts-related business.
Prerequisites: ARAD, DANC, DRAM, MEDU, MUSI, or PRFM major. or permission of instructor;
AAD 498 Internship in Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship 3
Supervised work experience pre-approved that requires regularly scheduled hours in an entrepreneurial arts organization. The course meets online throughout the semester and requires reading, writing, and oral communication assignments.
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.
Notes: Same as ENT 498.
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
VPA 210 Body Mapping: What Every Performer Needs to Know About the Body 2
Introduces the concept of body mapping (our mental representations of structure, function, and size) and provides a weekly laboratory for "updating" these maps during practical activity and experimental movement.
Prerequisites: Freshman, sophomore, or junior standing.
VPA 320 Musicianship for Musical Theatre 3
Development of musicianship skills to be used specifically for the Musical theatre genre.
VPA 323 The Arts as Human Experience 3
An examination of the meaning of the arts experience, including its historical and personal significance. Includes reading and related work in art, dance, drama, and music.
VPA 324 The Arts as Social Change: Theory and Practice 3
Students will examine the ways in which the arts create social change in our institutions and communities through an exploration of theory and case studies, and an engagement in practice.
VPA 330 Dance for Musical Theatre 3
For students interested in developing dance skills to be used specifically for the musical theatre genre, including tap, ballet, jazz and contemporary. Various pieces of choreography will be set in class.
VPA 338 Exploring Performing Arts Cultures 1-3
Course is used for Music, Theatre and Dance study trips. Offered only when a course accompanies a specific trip.
Prerequisites: Determined by needs of specific trip.
Notes: Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP).
VPA 340 Workshop in Musical Theatre 3
An exploration of musical theatre in a studio workshop setting.
Prerequisites: By audition only.
Notes: May be repeated when topic varies for a total of 9 s.h.
VPA 350 Musical Theatre Audition Technique I 1
For undergraduate students interested in developing their musical-theatre audition skills.
VPA 351 Musical Theatre Audition Technique II 1
For undergraduate students interested in the continued and advanced development of their musical-theatre audition skills.
Prerequisites: VPA 350 or permission of instructor .
VPA 360 Introduction to Community Arts 3
This course introduces students to the history and theory of community arts, frameworks for building collaborative relationships and shared leadership in community, and current community arts projects around the world.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Sophomores or above in any of the following College of Visual and Performing Arts Majors: Art, BA. Studio Art, BFA; Art Education, BFA, LIC.; Arts Administration, BA; Dance Studies, BA, LIC.; Dance Performance and Choreography, BFA, LIC.; Drama, BA, BFA, LIC.; Music, BA; Music Performance, BM; Music Education, BM, LIC.
VPA 361 Community Arts Methods 3
This course explores a range of community arts methods including community research and relationship building, project development and logistical planning, social practice methods, developmentally appropriate teaching strategies, and curriculum development.
Prerequisites: VPA 360.
VPA 364 Community Arts Intensive 6
In 10 full-day workshops students will develop a tool-kit of specific project implementation strategies and evaluation methods as they pilot, troubleshoot, and refine their proposed community arts projects.
Prerequisites: VPA 361.
VPA 369 Community Arts Internship 3
During this course, students will implement a previously planned community arts project with an established community partner, under supervision of UNCG faculty.
Prerequisites: VPA 364.
VPA 402 Entrepreneurship in the Performing Arts 3
Focus on entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and career development in the performing arts.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.
VPA 528 Research Methods in Social Practice 3
This interdisciplinary course explores research methods in Social Practice, an art form that employs diverse strategies for participatory and experiential art within a range of contexts, spaces and media.
Notes: May be repeated twice for credit.
VPA 555 The Alexander Technique for Performers 3
An active and scholarly exploration of the Alexander Technique to unlock creativity, discover freedom and ease in performance, reduce stress and tension throughout the body, and prevent performance-related injuries.
Prerequisites: Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
VPA 589 Experimental Course: Mindfulness for Artists 3
This class is an interdisciplinary exploration into the theory and practice of mindfulness to aid the creative development of advanced artists.
Prerequisites: Junior level standing or graduate level standing.
VPA 638 Exploring Performing Arts Cultures 1-3
Music study trips. Offered only in conjunction with a specific trip.
Prerequisites: To be determined by needs of specific trip.