The School of Performing Arts & Cinema (an administrative/programmatic unit within the University) brings together the talents and expertise of the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Music and the Department Theatre and Cinema.
The School promotes a wide range of curricular offerings in the performing arts and cinema through the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music, Theatre Arts, and Communication while encouraging students to seek out and develop interdisciplinary pursuits among the performing arts disciplines. For the degree requirements and listings of course offerings, please visit the appropriate department's website.
In addition, the school offers a one-hour course that satisfies the Area 6 requirement of the University Core Curriculum (except for Liberal Arts and Human Sciences majors).
FA 2004: CREATIVITY & AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE
Guided exposure to participation in various experiences in the visual and performing arts; interaction with both historians/critics and practitioners prior to and after such experiences; examination of the many processes through which the visual and performing arts are created and communicated and how these arts illuminate and help to explain human experience. May not be repeated for credit. Pass/fail only. (1H, 1C). I, II.
Each of the programs in the School offers a number of scholarships for both incoming and continuing students majoring in Music, Theatre Arts and Cinema. Scholarships between $1,500 and $2,000 are awarded by the departments annually--some renewable for four years. For more information, contact the School of Performing Arts & Cinema.
Through its Arts at Virginia Tech program, the School provides a broad spectrum of public performance opportunities for the university and New River Valley communities. Ranging from opera and musical theatre, through instrumental and choral ensembles, to theatre productions in mainstage and studio formats, these events contribute significantly to the cultural life of the university and local community.
As spectators/participants or as performers, all students at Virginia Tech are invited to share in these activities; indeed, non-arts majors are integral members of our music ensembles and theatre productions. Open auditions are generally scheduled at the beginning of each academic term, and curricular credit may be earned, depending on the performance ensemble or activity. Contact the department to find out more about ways to become involved with the arts at Virginia Tech.
A project using improvisation to strengthen critical thinking skills, acting skills, and script-writing skills has roots at Virignia Tech.Learn more here.