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From performing in the spotlight to sketching out the shadows, the College of Visual and Performing Arts provides “an important means of communication where thoughts, creativity, and expression can be directed to ennoble, uplift, inspire, and build.”

In each of the college’s different departments, students can expect to develop “spiritually, aesthetically, academically, and culturally” and learn “technical proficiencies, compositional principles, creative processes, and a variety of other important skills in the arts.”

Students interested in learning more about these departments or degree options can visit the Academic Advising Office in Chapman 101, schedule online or call (208) 496-1411.

This article pulls information from the BYU-I academic catalog and the individual department webpages.

Art

For the notebook doodlers and the messy creators, the Art Department provides a full palette of degrees to give “an aesthetic, conceptual, and technical foundation in the visual arts.”

The art department prepares students for a future in art, whether a career or graduate school, through four bachelor’s programs. While learning to promote the appreciation of visual arts, students can choose from classes like Baroque Art, Advanced Book Arts and Ceramics.

The four majors are art, art education, art education composite and fine arts.

Dance

With practiced movements and leaps across the stage, those who choose to take the one major offered by the Dance Department “develop spiritually, artistically, intellectually, and physically.”

Within the dance major, students focus on their strengths and chosen career options through one of two emphases.

The first emphasis, choreography and performance, readies students for an advanced degree and a career as a performer or teacher. The other emphasis, pedagogy, further breaks into dance genres and helps students prepare to teach privately at a dance studio or to earn a graduate degree.

Music

Do you enjoy the sounds from an orchestra, have greater music ability than the average Joe or rock out to the trombone?

In the Music Department, faculty fosters “a student-centered atmosphere of cooperative and synergistic learning, working together to help each student achieve the highest possible musical standards.”

While working towards one of four bachelor’s degrees, students can take courses in scoring and arranging, vocal performance, musicianship and basic conducting.

These four degrees are music (BA), music (BM), music education composite and musical arts.

Theatre

What’s in a name?

Sometimes, a choreographed sword fight, quick set and costume changes, yellow knee-high socks and an accent practiced in the mirror for weeks. While taking on different characters and names, students in the theatre department nourish imagination and inspiration and pursue excellence.

Students can choose between two bachelor’s programs — theatre education and theatre studies — and participate in classes “designed to develop the performance skills necessary to excel as actors and directors.”

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