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Fine and Performing Arts Programs

DFPA Program Goals

  1. To provide a progressive and rigorous curriculum with activities that ground students in the arts holistically and in their specific areas of concentration.
  2. To recruit, retain, and graduate academically sound and diverse student populations.
  3. To encourage individual creativity and experimentation in interdisciplinary activities, in arts as a business, and in overall aesthetics.
  4. To cultivate critical thinking through individual and collective examinations of quality in the arts and aesthetics.
  5. To offer the most current technological advances employed in art, design, digital media, music, dance, and theatre.
  6. To expose students to a variety of cultural experiences that enhances their artistic repertoire and develops their appreciation for diversity.
  7. Through partnerships, alliances, and collaborative experiences, increase departmental support and visibility.
  8. To foster on the campus and in surrounding communities an appreciation of the arts as a cultural force in society.
  9. To strengthen viable human and fiscal resources and maintain accountability to both the University and the public.

Program Overview

The Fine and Performing Arts Program leads to the Bachelor's of Arts degree in fine arts with a concentration in either art,  music or musical technology. The Theatre Arts Program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in musical theatre. The department also offers a new Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA). As of Fall, 2011, the new VCDMA (BS) major replaces the previous program and Computer Graphics/VCDMA (BA) degree. The new VCDMA offers (5) five new concentrations in Advertising Design, Digital Media Arts, Animation & Motion Graphics, Digital Cinema & Time-Based Media and Fashion Design.

The minimum number of semester hours required for either degree is 120. Students who choose to concentrate in a particular area must consult with a fine and performing arts faculty advisor to design a specific program.

Admissions Requirements

Students must officially declare fine arts as a major by entering it on their initial application for admission or by submitting the Declaration of Major Form. Fine arts and theatre arts majors must earn at least a grade of "C" in courses taken in the major or the course must be repeated. 

All students applying for admission to the Fine Arts, VCDMA or Theater Arts majors are required to submit or participate in a portfolio, performance, or audition review with their application.

Please contact an academic advisor in the area of interest for more information about requirements and designing a program in a specific area of concentration, and always before registering for all courses. 

We are located in the new Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) next to Robinson Hall and Computer Science Bldg. The DFPA main office is located on the 2nd floor. Our phone number is 301-860-3752 and the fax number is 301-860-3767. Our mailing address is:


Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715