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Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts!

We are in the process of updating this page to include even more information and virtual visit options for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please stay tuned as more links and content will be available soon!

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, the College of Visual and Performing Arts has opted to not hold any on-campus events for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. We wish we could meet everyone in person; however, the health and safety of you and the members of the JMU community are our first priority. We will continue to evaluate health and safety options for holding visits in the spring semester. Below you'll find some of the ways you can still interact with members of the College of Visual and Performing Arts community in lieu of an on-campus visit. We are eager to make your acquaintance and help guide you through the process of becoming at arts major at JMU!

To sign up for a virtual audition or portfolio review, visit Arts Undergraduate Admissions.  

Questions? Email us at


Program Information Brochures

Take a look at the latest recruitment materials for the School of Art, Design and Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre and Dance, available digitally for your perusal.

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.  During this quarantine period, you'll attend a live Zoom information session with a faculty member, graduate student, or staff member where you will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions. You will receive an email with a link to a school-specific departmental tour the week prior to your Zoom information session. Choose a program to see a list of upcoming virtual information sessions.

JMU Virtual Open House

Throughout the entire month of October, JMU hosted a Virtual Open House.  You can view their website to see:

  • student panels
  • frequently asked questions
  • broad interest videos with faculty
  • and much more!

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)

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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