JMU's arts programs offer a well-rounded academic adventure JMU's arts programs offer a well-rounded academic adventure JMU's arts programs offer a well-rounded academic adventure

Well-rounded adventure

Creative expression meets academic discipline

Our visual and performing arts feature traditional training and so much more. Our graduates shine because they are trained as critical thinkers and problem-solvers. Students tell us that they are attracted to JMU visual and performing arts because we mix our rigorous professional program with a liberal arts curriculum renowned for its academic excellence It's about expression, knowledge, creativity, and the unique fulfillment that comes with a well-rounded academic adventure.

  1. Photo: JMU students in Hollywood

    Hello Hollywood

    JMU students learn the business of making movies while studying in LA

    Twenty JMU students get a taste of the big screen interning at some of the entertainment industries biggest agencies through L.A. Study Program … Read more

  2. Photo: JMU alum Omar Thomas

    A Harmonious Career

    This professor loves music and students

    Berklee College Professor of Harmony Omar Thomas ('06) enjoys relating his own musical experiences to his students … Read more

  3. Photo: Marlon Foster

    Through and through

    This consummate musician shares his gifts

    Marlon Foster ('82, 95'M) is a musician through and through. He's played drums for the Marching Royal Dukes and the U.S. Air Force Band. And for the past 18 years, his "gig" has been teaching and conducting band at Thomas Harrison … Read more

  4. Photo: Kelsey Hickson ('10) loves to perform

    "Loves to perform"

    Pre-med, biology, dance and community service

    Dance comes first at JMU for Kelsey Hickson ('10), a Richmond native, who has been dancing since she was 3. Hickson is a pre-med student with a major in dance and a minor in biology. In recognition of her achievements, … Read more

  5. Photo: Ross Copperman ('04) is making music

    Making music

    Ross Copperman ('04) making dreams come true

    Ross Copperman ('04) is turning his dreams into reality, signing a record contract with a major label, touring Europe writing emotionally charged lyrics that leave the crowds singing his songs … Read more

  6. Photo: Emily Street

    Picture perfect

    Emily Street ('09) creates a prizewinning poster

    Harrisonburg has found its first official city poster, and the designer is Emily Street. The 2009 graduate earned her bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in printmaking and a minor in French … Read more

  7. Photo: Kate Trammell

    Movement, dance, life

    Tapping into students' creativity

    JMU professor of dance and composition, Kate Trammell, has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and the world with thompson & trammell dance company, ZeroMoving Dance Company, and as an independent teacher/performer. Founding artistic director of the Virginia Repertory Dance Company, she says her students …Read more

  8. Photo: Bethany Tobin ('06)

    Rhythms of the universe

    Artist finds unity in multiplicity

    After completing Dave Pruett's honors class at JMU, Bethany Tobin ('06) found a book of geometric Islamic patterns, which serve as the framework for Islamic art and architecture. Fascinated by these patterns, she incorporated them into her artwork … Read more

  9. Photo: Brian Nolan ('02)

    Back in the 'Burg

    Columbia Records exec shares secrets

    Years after graduating from JMU, Brian Nolan ('02) came back to the 'Burg to share what he has learned on his way to becoming an executive at Columbia Records. Nolan told his story to students in David Cottrell's … Read more