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About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

Who We Are

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is a vibrant arts community of practitioners, scholars, and learners representing a range of arts traditions and disciplines. The arts are core to who we are at UNC, ever since we were established as The Normal School in 1889. Our tradition as an arts institution is long-standing, and you will even find our main college offices in Guggenheim Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Academics

We are devoted to helping students prepare for careers in the arts. Our facilities, technology, faculty, staff, and experience provides serious students with an engaging arts education. While we are meticulous about providing a rigorous education for our students, we are also conscientious about supporting students in their exploration of new and innovative arts forms and expressions. Our programs of study are designed to be challenging and relevant.

Community

Our College community includes outstanding and recognized arts practitioners, historians, educators, and administrators who are passionate and enthusiasic about their involvement in the arts. We are an important part of the cultural community of Northern Colorado, and our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are actively involved in arts organizations and schools in this region and beyond. A large part of our involvement in the community is our annual calendar of over 300 art, music, theatre, and dance events.

Mission

The College of Performing and Visual Arts endeavors to be a preeminent institution of higher learning for arts education.

Vision

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is a professional and academic unit of the University of Northern Colorado. The faculty, administration, and staff are committed to creating a challenging, meaningful, and collegial learning environment by preparing students for careers as educators, artists, scholars, and administrators. The College provides leadership in the arts, and acts as a cultural center for the University, community, state, and region.