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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.

See for yourself

If you want to know more about the benefits of living on campus in college, watch this video. Former ISC student, Eliza, explains what it’s like in her residence, Madison International, which is a selective hall bringing together domestic and international students.

From professional pianists to film scoring and concert production, our music graduates are highly sought-after in all areas of the industry.

Neena, from Vietnam and Russia

What our students say

"I fell in love with the magnificent architecture, the beautiful quad, the breathtaking sunset and the delicious food at JMU. The campus is filled with enthusiasm and lots of fun!”

Neena, from Vietnam and Russia. Studying Business.

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How to apply

Ready to join us? Learn more the application process in order to start your journey to study at JMU International Study Center, or to apply for Direct Entry to James Madison University.

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International Study Center

Get the best start to your academic journey in the U.S. by beginning your journey with us in a supportive and welcoming environment.

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Entry requirements

Find out what grades you need in order to join us at the International Study Center, for either our International Year or direct admission to the University.