Why an education in the arts at JMU?
An education in the arts at JMU provides students with practical, hands-on learning opportunities to prepare them for life after graduation. Arts students have the chance to work with students majoring in fields across campus, giving them “real world” experience and training them for the jobs of the future.
- Opportunities to minor and double major
With 144 majors and nearly 100 minors at JMU, arts students have the flexibility to double major or minor, broadening their skills, knowledge and job opportunities.
- On- and off-campus internships and jobs
Practical work experience in the form of internships and jobs both on- and off-campus is encouraged. Some arts programs require internships as part of the curriculum while others simply give students the flexibility to obtain internships on and off-campus en route to their degree.
- Classes with highly qualified faculty with terminal degrees
Ninety-eight percent of classes at JMU are taught by professors, not teaching assistants or graduate students.
- State-of-the-art maker spaces and performance spaces designed for students
Spaces/equipment in the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Duke Hall, and Studio Design Center (to name a few) encourage creative, artistic exploration and student success.
This arts community for first year students features one, two and three-bedroom dorms, individual music practice rooms, performance and exhibition spaces, and study and recreation spaces.
- Master classes/engagement with visiting visual and performing artists
All College of Visual and Performing Arts artists-in-residence and Forbes Center Masterpiece artists work with students to help them further their artistic skills and knowledge.
- The leading teacher education programs in Virginia
JMU’s teacher education programs in art, music, theatre and dance rank among the highest in Virginia. JMU is the only school in the state to offer certification in dance education.
- High satisfaction and graduation rates
JMU boasts a 97% satisfaction rate among alumni, and 82-83% of students graduate in six years. Arts students build relationships at JMU that continue after graduation, resulting in increased job and collaboration opportunities.
- Successful alumni in traditional and non-traditional arts fields
Arts classes emphasize collaboration, communication, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, and problem-solving skills, among others. As such, alumni have the opportunity to be successful in a variety of different fields. Arts alum have gone on to open their own dance companies, perform on Broadway, become concert musicians, exhibit their artwork nationally and internationally, teach the arts in K-12 and college settings, and pursue many other professional paths.