School of VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Dean: Carol Hawkes, Ph.D.
          Hawkesc@wcsu.edu
          (203) 837-8851

Administrative Assistant: Linda D'Aurio
           Higgins Annex 105, Midtown Campus
           (203) 837-3222
           (203) 837-3223 (fax)

Departments:

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

Music
Chair: Dan Goble, D.M.A.
          gobled@wcsu.edu
          White Hall 126, Midtown campus
          (203) 837-8354
          (203) 837-8630 (fax)
Associate Chair: Kevin Isaacs, A.Mus.D.
          isaacs@wcsu.edu
          White Hall 121, Midtown campus
          (203) 837-8355
          (203) 837-8630 (fax)

Theatre Arts
Chair: Sal Trapani, M.F.A.
           trapanis@wcsu.edu
           Berkshire Hall 148, Midtown campus
           (203) 837-8258
           (203) 837-8912 (fax)
Associate Chair: Pamela McDaniel, M.F.A.
          
mcdanielp@wcsu.edu
          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.

Objectives

  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 and resources;
  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.

DEGREE AND RELATED PROGRAMS

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

Undergraduate Degree Programs

B.A.-Art
Options:
      Graphic Design
      Illustration
      Photography
      Studio Art

B.A.-Music

B.A.-Musical Theatre

B.A.-Theater Arts
Options:
       Design/Technology
       Theater Arts Management
       Drama Studies
       Performance

B.M.-Music
Options:
       Performance: Vocal and Instrumental
       Jazz Studies

B.S.-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.

Admissions

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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