College of Visual and Performing Arts

220 Music Building



Peter Alexander, Dean

A. Lawrence Jenkens, Interim 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 UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts will make the arts essential to all in North Carolina, the Southeast, and the Nation.

The UNCG 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 UNCG 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 of Visual and Performing Arts comprises the Schools of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre. The Schools offer a variety of degree programs within the bachelor of arts, the bachelor of fine arts, and the bachelor of music degrees. 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.


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