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Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) in Syracuse, New York, is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art design, scholarship, and commentary. Unleash your powers of expression at VPA! VPA is one of 13 schools and colleges at Syracuse University. We are home to approximately 1,600 undergraduate students with 25 undergraduate programs in the visual and performing arts. The origins of VPA date back to 1873 when The College of Fine Arts opened as the first degree-conferring institution of its kind in the United States. Our faculty members are all active creative professionals and scholars. Full-time faculty number 13, with approximately 160 part-time instructors. The college is located in eight different University buildings, ranging from those on Main Campus to those in downtown Syracuse. The college’s programs are divided into six areas: Syracuse School of Art The School of Art offers unique and exciting opportunities for students who are passionate about art in all of its diverse possibilities. The school awards B.F.A and B.S. degrees in studio arts as well as a BFA degree in illustration. Students who major in studio arts have the choice of focusing their work on one or more of the following intensives: ceramics, illustration, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. A portfolio is required for all programs except the B.S. in studio arts. Syracuse Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies awards a B.S. degree in communication and rhetorical studies. Coursework revolves around the study of human communication in all its many forms. You’ll develop the skills employers in every industry seek…persuasion (the ability to make compelling written and verbal arguments), critical thinking and listening strong public speaking, and overall leadership. Syracuse School of Design In the School of Design, making is not simply an act or a craft; rather, it is a form of critical design thinking that provokes and explores transformative change. The school offers B.F.A. degree programs in communications design, environmental and interior design, fashion design, and a B.I.D. degree in industrial and interaction design. If you have an interest in the increasing popularity and broad awareness of design and design thinking in business and society as a whole, the B.S. studies program may be a great fit for you. Concern for sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice forms the core of these programs. A portfolio is required for all programs except the B.S. in design studies. Syracuse Department of Drama The Department of Drama offers conservatory-style training combined with a level of integration with a professional theater company (Syracuse Stage) that is unparalleled among undergraduate programs. The department awards B.F.A. degrees in acting, musical theater, stage management, and theater design and technology, as well as a B.S. degree in drama with a featured track in theater management. Acting and musical theater require a prescreen and final audition; theater design and technology and stage management require a portfolio; theater management requires a departmental interview and statement of interest. Syracuse Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music The Setnor School of Music awards B.M. degrees in composition, music education, music industry, performance (organ, piano, percussion, strings, voice, or wind instruments), and sound recording technology; a B.S. degree in music is offered for those students who wish to devote more time to liberal arts. Qualified sophomores in the music industry program have the option of applying to the master of business administration (MBA) program at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, thus completing a five-year, double degree. All programs require an audition. Syracuse Department of Film and Media Arts The Department of Film and Media Arts educates media arts professionals and strives to strike a balance between creative freedom and a strong grounding in contemporary practice. The department offers B.F.A. degrees in art photography, computer art and animation, and film. The department is consistently ranked among the top 25 film schools in the United States by The Hollywood Reporter and listed as one of the 30 top film schools in North America by Variety. A portfolio is required for all programs. One of the most exciting reasons to choose Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is that you will benefit from a conservatory-style education within the setting of a large, prestigious research university. You are not limited to classes in your school, department, or major; you can take classes across the University in almost any subject that is of interest. If you want the feel of a university campus combined with Division I athletics, Greek life, student organizations, and global study opportunities in such locations as New York, Los Angeles, Italy, France, Germany, and England, Syracuse University and VPA may be the right fit for you! This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

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