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Department of Fine and Performing Arts

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DFPA | We create. We connect. We inspire.

As a creative industry, we impact and influence the lives of many.  The  visual and performing arts are both highly competitive fields and ever changing in terms of technology, trends and demand. However, having a strong foundation, professional training and network are critical. Also of great importance are the abilities to solve current and future problems; and being able to communicate, collaborate and innovate effectively.

Consistent with the University's overall mission, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and holistic education that will produce empowered graduates prepared to meet the challenges of their discipline, stay abreast of technology, and embrace diversity. The department fosters community outreach that perpetuates an overall appreciation of visual art, design, music, dance, and theatre,  and the recognition of their places in academe. Our department consists of the following academic areas. They are Art, Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), Music, Music Technology and Theater Arts. 

The Department of Fine & Performing Arts (DFPA) offers two programs that lead to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. Students may seek a major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art (Studio), Music, or Music Technology and receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Students in the Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) will concentrate in either Advertising Design, Fashion Design, Digital Cinema and Time-Based Media, Animation & Motion Graphics or Digital Media Arts. Theatre Arts students will concentrate in Musical Theatre or Acting/Directing. Both the VCDMA and Theatre Arts program provide a Bachelor of Science degree. The minimum number of credit hours required for all Bachelor’s Degrees varies between 120 and 122 credits. Minors in Art, VCDMA, Theatre Arts, Hip-Hop and Visual Culture and also in Visual Culture and Museum Studies are also available. For specific admissions, application procedures and requirements please visit the specific major, concentration and/or program.



The new Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) at Bowie State University is a beautiful space with a 400-seat with spaces for performance and visual arts including a main stage theater, movement studio, black box theatre, band room, Steinway piano rooms and rehearsal studios; a recital hall; a multimedia recording studio and digital music lab.

FPAC provides students access to state-of-the art digital media computer labs, an art resource room, green screen studio, high-end video edit suite, design studios and classrooms. Students also have access to a photo studio, darkroom and traditional art studios for painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and more. The FPAC also has a student lounge with wi-fi access. We invite you to a tour of the FPAC and our wonderful campus.

The DFPA Arts Gala and new Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) were featured in Prince George's Magazine and Prince George's Suite TV (Online).

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Hip-Hop Studies and Visual Culture minor

Bowie State University is one of the few institutions in the country that offers an exciting minor in Hip-Hop Studies and Visual Culture (HHVC) under the Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) program. Please refer to Hip-Hop Studies and Visual Culture minor for more information.

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