Dean: Carol Hawkes, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant: TBA

Higgins, Midtown Campus

(203) 837-8526 (fax)



Chair: Terry Wells, M.F.A.
White Hall 303, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8407
(203) 837-8945 (fax)

Music & Music Education
Chair: Dan Goble, D.M.A.
White Hall 126, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8354
(203) 837-8630 (fax)

Theatre Arts
Chair: Sal Trapani, M.F.A.
Berkshire Hall 148, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8258
(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Associate Chair:  Pamela McDaniel, M.F.A.

Berkshire 135, Midtown campus

(203) 837-8422

(203) 837-8912 (fax)


Mission Statement

The mission of The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University is to advance knowledge, to promote intellectual inquiry, and to cultivate creativity among faculty and students through teaching, research, scholarship, artistry, and public performance.

The School provides its students with a superior arts education, fosters excellence in creative research and discovery, nurtures ethical and moral decision-making and leadership, and contributes to the cultural enrichment of the state and region.

Moreover, the arts in the general education of all students at WCSU provide special modes of thinking unavailable in other disciplines.  By transcending previous historical, mathematical, and verbal constructs and conventions, the arts involve unique ways of knowing, understanding, expressing, and creating,  each of which contributes to human achievement and a deeper shared experience.


1. To offer the highest quality educational, pre-professional, and professional programming within a liberal arts environment;

2. To utilize fully the regional advantage of our proximity to New York City and other artistic centers in the northeast, including access to outstanding faculty, guest artists, resources, etc.;

3. To recruit the highest quality students in the arts disciplines with special emphasis on students from Connecticut;

4. To fulfill the role of the designated "Center for the Arts" of the Connecticut State University System;

5. To attract major funding for student scholarships, student and faculty programming, and endowed faculty chairs;

6. To enhance the cultural life and image of the university;

7. To enhance the cultural life and image of the state and region; and

8. To provide significant experiences in the arts for students in all academic programs across the university.


The School of Visual and Performing Arts offers the following undergraduate degrees and programs:

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graphic Design
Studio Art


BA Music

BA-Theatre Arts



Theatre Arts Management

Drama Studies


BM Music
Classical: Vocal or Instrumental
Jazz Studies

BS Music Education (PK-12)

In addition to the undergraduate degree programs listed, the M.F.A. in Visual Arts and the M.S. in Music Education are offered.  Please see the current WCSU Graduate Catalog for detailed information.


Please refer to the department area in this catalog for specific admission procedures and requirements, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (203) 837-9000.

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