Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The academic disciplines within the College have been a central component of Winthrop’s commitment to the arts for well over a century. In fact, Winthrop is one of only seventeen universities in the United States and the only public or private institution in South Carolina with all five of its undergraduate and graduate arts programs – theatre, dance, music, fine arts and interior design – nationally accredited. As the only comprehensive collegiate arts program nationally accredited in all the arts in the State of South Carolina, public or private, the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University offers majors in art, design, music, theatre, and dance and teacher certification in art, music, theatre, and dance.
With a full-time faculty of more than 50 artist/teachers and a student body of more than 800 enrolled in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate professional degree and liberal arts programs, the College of Visual and Performing Arts provides high-quality arts instruction in a comprehensive university setting. The college also provides the broader Winthrop community with a vast array of outstanding performances and art exhibitions annually. These activities include:
- More than 100 music performances annually, most of which are free of charge and open to the public;
- Regularly produced theatre and dance performances featuring student work, main stage productions, and smaller studio and experimental performances; and
- Art galleries that regularly present professionally curated exhibitions, student-centered exhibitions, and educational programs that celebrate artistic achievement and creative excellence.
Our faculty is composed of working professional artists and scholars who share a passion for teaching and who strongly believe that the arts serve as an expression of our culture’s values and heritage. The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ long-standing tradition as a center for quality creative expression and Winthrop University’s commitment to arts education and outreach combine to create a rich artistic environment that inspires students to achieve their academic and artistic goals.
We invite you explore our website to learn more about the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ programs and activities.