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Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts!

We are in the process of updating this page to include in-person and virtual visit options for the 2021-2022 school year.  Please stay tuned as more links and content will be available soon. In the meantime, please peruse our video collection, frequently asked questions, and Open House information.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts will be holding both on-campus and virtual events this year. Below you'll find some of the ways you can interact with members of the JMU arts community. We are eager to make your acquaintance and help guide you through the process of becoming an arts major at JMU!

To sign up for an audition or portfolio review, visit the Arts Undergraduate Admissions page.  

Questions? Email us at


Virtual Tours and Live Information Sessions

Each of the Schools in the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers special opportunities to learn more about what's it's like to be an arts major.  You'll attend a live Zoom information session or an in-person session with a faculty member, graduate student, or staff member where you will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions. Choose a program to see a list of upcoming in-person and virtual information sessions. AVAILABLE AUGUST 2021

JMU Open House

JMU will be holding Fall Academic Open Houses on September 25th and November 13th, 2021.  To learn more, visit the Office of Admissions registration page.

In 2020, the College of Visual and Performing Arts hosted specific virtual information sessions for each school.  Here are the recordings for those programs:

JMU Arts Video Collections

College of Visual and Performing Arts: Live Q&A Playlist

These 25 - 35-minute chats with students and faculty, initially geared towards admitted students, will give you a better idea of what it's like to study the arts at JMU. (9 videos total)


College of Visual and Performing Arts: Why JMU Arts?

Hear from some of our current students, recent graduates, and distinguished young alumni about the impact that an arts education at James Madison University had on them. (12 videos total)


Madison Network Event: The World of Visual and Performing Artists

In February 2020, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the JMU Alumni Association, and the Career and Academic Planning Office invited 8 esteemed young arts alumni back to campus for a panel presentation and networking event.  (1 video)


"A Celebration of the Arts" CVPA Showcase

"A Celebration of the Arts", produced in 2021 for Virtual CHOICES, includes performances and artwork from JMU’s current students and ensembles. From student choreographed dances, to show-stopping Broadway musical numbers, solos, and monologues, this extravaganza has it all! (1 video)

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to know more specifics about each of the programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts?  Faculty and staff members have put together a list of their most frequently asked questions from prospective students and their families.  You can also always send us an email with any questions to

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