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Students in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts are provided with both a solid theoretical understanding of their field of study as well as numerous opportunities for hands-on experience. Programming in visual and performing arts allows students to learn how to function successfully as a professional, to develop sensitivity to the creative processes of the arts, to master the technical skills of their discipline, and to prepare for continuing growth whether through advanced study or employment.

Majors and non-majors alike are eligible and encouraged to participate in performance groups and student organizations.

The department serves as a center for cultural activity and enrichment for the University and surrounding communities. Art, music, and theatrical events are varied and plentiful throughout the academic year.

Music programs in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Statement of Mission

The Northwest Missouri State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts provides an engaging and immersive environment for the preparation of professional artists, educators, scholars, and entrepreneurs who become leaders in art, music and theatre for a dynamic and diverse world culture. As an essential member of the College of Arts & Sciences, the collaborative and multidisciplinary Department of Fine and Performing Arts is at the core of the institution, providing hands-on, closely-mentored, profession-based experiences.


Degree options in Fine and Performing Arts

Degree options in Fine and Performing Arts

Choose from many options in Studio Art, Art Education, Graphic Design, Music, Music Education, Theatre Performance, Technical Theatre and Design, Theatre Education and more.

Find the ideal major to express your creative mind.

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Student Spotlight

One of my favorite parts was seeing the joy light up on people’s faces, especially the artists, when they saw their work on display. It was lovely to see people gather around art and dive into discussions.

Anaya Walker
Graphic Design Major from St. Louis, Missouri



Thank you to the Missouri Arts Council for their continued support of the arts at Northwest.