The UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts creates an indispensable arts experience for all citizens of North Carolina and the Southeast. Our programs transform lives by providing exceptional artistic and scholarly experiences for our students and their communities. Our vision is to build on this established reputation and become one of the leading arts institutions in the nation.


In accordance with the mission of the University, the College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks to enable students to understand and embrace artistic expression, empowering them to enrich the human experience for themselves and others. Acknowledging the enduring traditions of excellence in each discipline, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, strives to

  • Teach the imaginative, critical, aesthetic, and technical skills essential to the creative process, scholarly inquiry, and professional engagement in the continually evolving fields of the visual and performing arts;
    Promote discovery and foster inclusive learning that enriches the understanding of human diversity and global issues as they relate to the visual and performing arts;
  • Prepare undergraduate students with comprehensive curricula appropriate to the various degree programs offered by the College of Visual and Performing Arts;
  • Equip graduate students to become experts and leaders in their fields through advanced study and training; and
  • Present public performances, shows, and events, and provide artistic resources, education and outreach to the local, regional, national and international communities while enhancing student learning, and promoting faculty scholarship and creative activities, and enriching the lives of all citizens as well as showcasing the College and University.

Shared Values

The UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts is guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to

  • Excellence and Innovation: Nurture curiosity, inspire creativity, develop skills, and encourage artistic practice, pedagogy, conservatory level training, research, and cutting-edge scholarship;
  • Access and Inclusivity: Serve the citizens of North Carolina and the nation by modeling and inclusive, collaborative, supportive, and student-oriented culture;
  • Equity and Ethics: Commit to equitable academic policies, curricular design, and decision-making with shared respect, accountability, and cooperation; and
  • Community and Place: Engage local and global socio-political artistic performance, pedagogy, and scholarship, providing a supportive environment for community artists and real-world experiences for our students.