The Art Guild is a creative arts organization for students studying Art and VCDMA but is open to all other students who are interested in promoting the visual arts. One of the guild's purposes is to raise and maintain a high standard of quality of visual art, design, and visual communication, networking with art and design professionals, and to produce awareness in visual arts on campus, with other institutions and HBCUs, and throughout the community.
Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design and is now known simply as “AIGA, the professional association for design.”
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, inspire designers and the public, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.
The award-winning Bowie State University Gospel Choir is a choral group for students interested in spreading love and peace through music. Each year, this group performs several times on campus and in the community. Membership is by audition.
"BrassWorks" was founded by Director Gilbert E. Pryor Jr. to provide experience and performance of brass ensemble music. The organization is available to perform for campus and community activities. Selection for the ensemble is by audition.
The concert band provides an opportunity for students to explore classical instrumental literature from all periods. The marching band performs marching routines for parades, football games, and other special events. The BSU jazz band is a select group of approximately 20 musicians who make up a fully instrumented "big band." Emphasis is placed on the study of diverse jazz styles and literature, ensemble performance, and improvisation. Future additions to the BSU band program include big band, symphonic band, orchestra, percussion ensemble, woodwind ensemble, brass ensemble, and string ensemble:
The University Concert Choir, composed of students from all academic disciplines who become members by audition, performs a variety of choral music—classical (traditional and contemporary), folk, spiritual, popular, and theatrical. It presents annual holiday and spring concerts, in addition to making regular appearances on campuses, throughout the state of Maryland, and in other states.
Primarily composed of theatre arts majors, but including others, is the department's acting troupe. This award-winning organization offers students the opportunity to perform in various venues.