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School of Visual + Performing Arts

Art, Theatre + Music

In the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Emporia State University, you’ll be part of a community of actors, artists, performers, craftspeople and creators sharing your talents and learning from skilled professionals in your field.

Opportunities to showcase your abilities, connect with others and build experience and knowledge in your craft will prepare you to take your skills into the world and onto the next steps of your bright future.

Explore our programs

Explore the programs in the School of Visual + Performing Arts.


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Explore the School of Visual + Performing Arts

Glass Blowing


Programs in ceramics, engraving, glass, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Presidents Concert


Individual, high level professional training for future music educators and performers! Abundant performing opportunities in band, orchestra, choir, jazz and contemporary music.

Students performing at Homecoming Musical


Established in 1913, ESU Theatre students are part of one of the oldest theatre programs in the country. Students can earn a BA or BFA in theatre or a certificate to teach theatre.


Featured Programs

Learn more about some of our featured programs.

Art (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts

This program of studies is designed to prepare students to work professionally in an art field or to study at the advanced level at a graduate or professional school. Students complete coursework focused on a concentrated subject area. ESU offers BFA concentrations in the following studio areas: Engraving Arts, Glass Forming, Graphic Design, Painting, and Ceramics.

Music Education: Instrumental/Vocal (Grades PreK-12)

Bachelor of Music, Concentration

The Bachelor of Music with a music education concentration prepares the student to teach PreK-12 music. In teaching children and young adults, you teach not only music, but confidence, perseverance and dedication, skills needed for a successful adult life.


Bachelor of Arts

The degree Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre is a rigorous general education experience as well as an introduction to central elements of theatre performance, production, design, and scholarship. Majors are required to contribute to all productions, either as actors or as members of the crew, provided they meet academic eligibility standards as established by the program.

Undergraduate admission application

If you’re ready to join Hornet Nation as an undergraduate, head to the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Graduate admission application

If you’re ready to advance your degree as a graduate student, head to the Graduate Admissions page.