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Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is the center of creativity and arts at JMU. Our School of Art, Design, Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance focus on high-level artistic training combined with entrepreneurial action and the integration of that practical training with your liberal arts studies.  The College also houses innovative opportunities through the Office of Creative Propulsion and the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum. 

CVPA students are known for their collaborative projects and professional-level performances and exhibitions. Synthesizing the intersections of their artistic work and the world around them, CVPA students understand how to creatively solve problems and make a difference in their communities. Our students are ready for the professional world, whether moving into jobs or creating opportunities for themselves to develop and succeed. 

91% first-year student retention. The Arts at JMU: CVPA College of Visual and Performing Arts.
4 on-campus galleries offer internships. 16:1 student to faculty ratio. Graduates attend top-rated MFA programs and acquire successful post-graduate jobs.
Rubén Graciani
Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts

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