Visual and Performing Arts


Explore the human experience

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is bursting with creativity. It celebrates the values of artistic expression and the nature and diversity of human experience. The College provides a stimulating environment in which you can create, perform, interpret, research, teach and think critically about the arts.

Schools and departments in the College:

  • School of Art, Design and Art History
  • School of Music
  • School of Theatre and Dance


You can choose a program from a wide variety of options, from Industrial Design to Ballroom Dance, and from Piano to Theatre Education. Learn more about the options available.

Professional performance venues

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts serves as a support space and performance venue for the School of Music. Featuring 5 remarkable venues, the Forbes Center hosts dance, theatre and music performances by critically acclaimed guest artists as well as James Madison University faculty members, students and alumni.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.