What You’ll Learn

How do you express yourself? Is it through painting or drawing? Do you like to leave your ideas open to dramatic interpretation? Maybe you show your creativity through body movement.

However you choose to showcase the power of your imagination, at JCSU we can help you take your talent to another level.

What will I study as a visual and performing arts major?

At JCSU, our classes emphasize experience and hands-on learning. Our program also promotes the study of all forms of art.

What does this mean for you? It means that no matter where you focus your education, you’ll take classes in all areas of visual and performing arts.

  • We offer film classes that will give you experience in video production, editing and postproduction.
  • Budding graphic artists at JCSU will study design, photography and animation.
  • Our theatre classes teach acting, playwriting, technical theatre and directing.
  • Studio art features courses in drawing, design, painting and clay sculpture.
  • Bring your passion for dance to JCSU, where you’ll gain a strong foundation in classical ballet, modern, jazz and African dance.


  • Film
  • Graphic Art
  • Theatre
  • Studio Art
  • Dance

Popular classes in the visual and performing arts program



VPD 224 African Dance Learn the authentic dances, music and cultures of various African regions.
VPT 333 Drama Workshop Study the art of acting, lighting, costuming, make-up and scene design.
VPG 433 Animation I Explore the basics of animation, including character development and performance.
VPS 433 Illustration Media Learn how to design graffiti art, logos for branding, websites and more.

Where will I study visual and performing arts?

Our visual and performing arts majors create their best work in the JCSU Arts Factory. Spanning 14,000 square feet, this new teaching facility provides you with state-of-the-art technology and learning environments that include:

Graphic and studio art

  • Two art studios
  • Art supply and clean-up rooms
  • Mac computer lab with industry-standard software
  • Darkroom
  • Dance space
  • Locker room and showers
  • 90-seat black box theater
  • Dressing area
  • Scene shop
  • Costume shop
  • Equipment check-out room
  • Mac computer editing lab


  • Dance space
  • Locker room and showers


  • 90-seat black box theater
  • Dressing area
  • Scene shop
  • Costume shop


  • Equipment check-out room
  • Mac computer editing lab

What will I learn outside the visual and performing arts program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means for you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and science classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.330.1361.