Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Gregory J. Horton, Interim Chairperson


The Department of Visual and Performing Arts comprises the Programs of Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and a Dance concentration. Through an ongoing collaborative process, the Department develops and sustains the artistic and cultural environment of the university and the community. The department prepares students both academically and artistically through the implementation of interdisciplinary studies for leadership roles in a diverse society.


The mission of the department of visual and performing arts is to provide students with exceptional professional programs, which combine development in artistic disciplines and career preparation in the arts. These programs are delivered to students through individualized and small group instruction within a broadly based curriculum. The department fosters creativity, exploration and discovery in students through interdisciplinary collaboration and outreach inspiring growth, change and global awareness through the arts. To support this mission, the faculty of the department of visual and performing arts subscribes to the highest academic, artistic and ethical standards for themselves and their students.


To be the premiere Southeastern Visual and Performing Arts center for the study, research and creation of dance, music, theatre and visual arts from a cross-cultural perspective with an emphasis in the African Diaspora.


  1. to prepare students for professional employment and admission to graduate and professional schools.
  2. to engage students in dialogue about the aesthetic experience and its role in a global society.
  3. to create awareness of the historical development of the arts in western and non-western traditions.
  4. to provide opportunities for international studies, travel and documentation of the arts.
  5. to provide an environment conducive to creative achievement in the arts.