College of Visual and Performing Arts


Winthrop's academic programs are measured by national standards of quality. ArtsWinthrop is one of only 37 universities in the United States and the only institution – public or private – in South Carolina with all five of its arts programs nationally accredited. In addition, our teacher education programs in art, music, theatre, and dance are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

If you'd like to learn more about these national accreditation agencies and their national standards, please click on the following links:


The College of Visual and Performing Arts has a comprehensive assessment process that serves as a guide for assessment planning and implementation. Each department has its own system for collecting and analyzing data on the performance of their students and uses this data to improve teaching and learning as well as to increase unit effectiveness. The assessment plans are designed to support the assessment requirements of the various professional organizations by which our programs are accredited and/or nationally recognized: NASD, NASAD, NAST, NASM, CIDA, CAEP and the requirements for SACS-COC for regional accreditation.