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A degree from Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts can change the way you see, think, create and navigate life.

Programs offered in this College help develop a student’s passion for creativity and scholarship into a valuable set of skills that are becoming increasingly in demand in the 21st century workplace.

Students are trained to become creative specialists, providing them with the ability and a lens to see, think, invent and problem solve in unique and creative ways.


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The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University offers nationally accredited programs in art, design, theatre, dance, and music, and provides academically challenging instruction in an interdisciplinary environment that inspires and prepares the next generation of artists, educators, scholars, and audiences. We promote intellectual inquiry and collaborative opportunities that encourage each student to develop a uniquely creative vision cultivated through artistry, teaching, scholarship, public performance, and community engagement.

Karen Oremus

Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts



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About #artswinthrop

Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts

We are the leading college for the arts in the Carolinas—

The College of Visual and Performing Arts has been a central component of Winthrop’s commitment to the arts for well over a century. We are one of the few universities in the United States and the only public or private institution in South Carolina with all of its undergraduate and graduate programs nationally accredited.

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With a continuously growing arts community in Rock Hill and our proximity to the metro Charlotte area, we purposefully build strong relationships with museums, galleries, dance companies, theatre organizations, orchestras, design firms and more. The facilities we provide on campus include advanced technology studios in all the arts, contemporary dance studios, traditional and experimental theatre spaces, an exceptional music conservatory, and studios in the diverse disciplines of the visual arts.


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Did You Know?

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The college provides a vast array of outstanding performances and art exhibitions annually!

You can enjoy:

  • More than 100 music performances, most of which are free of charge and open to the public.
  • Regularly produced theater and dance performances featuring student-produced work, main stage productions and small studio and experimental performances.
  • Art galleries that regularly present professionally curated exhibitions, student-centered exhibitions, as well as educational programs that celebrate artistic achievement and creative excellence.



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