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College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists in the context of a dynamic, contemporary, urban, research university setting, characterized by its cultural diversity. The College provides opportunities for students to develop their interests and talents to the fullest whether they wish to pursue a creative or performing career, a teaching career, or life-long artistic enrichment.


The mission of the College of Visual & Performing Arts is to conduct creative research and to educate, challenge, and inspire students for leadership in the arts. The College provides an environment that is imaginative, significant, and contemporary, and engages with local, national and international communities in arts initiatives.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is a unique entity housing the School of Art and Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre and Dance. The Institute for Research in Art includes the Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio, and the program for Public Art. All serve multiple academic purposes within the College of Visual and Performing Arts as well as enrich the cultural environment within the university community. More information about each program is available on the College website at http://www.arts.usf.edu/.

College Activities and Events

The College of Visual and Performing Arts arranges a full schedule of concerts, plays, lectures, films, and workshops featuring students, faculty, and visiting artists. Events are open to the general public and are presented both during the day and in the evening. Special ticket privileges are available to USF students. For more information, contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts Events Office.

Visiting Artist Program and Artist-in-Residence

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to creating and cultivating an artistic environment to enhance the total learning experience of its students and the community at large. Each year performing groups and internationally recognized visual artists are invited to the campus for a period of residency. The visiting artists provide opportunities for students and the community to participate in their teaching, creative, and performing abilities.

Institute for Research in Art

USF’s Institute for Research in Art houses the Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and the program for Public Art. The IRA is dedicated to an international artists’ residency program that brings to the University and Tampa Bay community today’s most accomplished and influential artists working in the international arena. Exhibitions, collection development, publication of limited edition graphics and sculpture multiples, commissioned public art works, lectures, symposia, workshops and special events are designed to foster awareness about the role of contemporary artists in shaping our culture and society.

Contemporary Art Museum

The Contemporary Art Museum presents exhibitions that focus on contemporary art and also showcase the work of faculty, students and alumni. The exhibitions and art collection serve as an integral part of the studio and art history curriculum of the School of Art and Art History. Educational programs are offered to the University and Tampa Bay community. The Contemporary Art Museum houses the USF art collection that is composed of original graphics, drawings, photographs, and African and Pre-Columbian artifacts.


Graphicstudio was founded in 1968 as an experimental, research-oriented collaborative workshop in the College of Fine Arts. Over sixty leading international artists have created more than 400 limited-edition fine art works at Graphicstudio, in intaglio, photogravure, lithography, relief, serigraphy, sculpture, and artist books. Graphicstudio’s works are archived at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the only university-based workshop so honored. Graphicstudio offers unique opportunities for graduate students to work and learn in a professional environment. Offerings include classes, conferences, internships and graduate assistantships in printmaking, sculpture fabrication, curation, education and arts administration.

Contemporary Arts Program

In conjunction with the Endowed Chair and program in Contemporary Art History, the College promotes understanding of contemporary art practice and provides opportunities for persons interested in a critical and research oriented engagement with contemporary discourse.

The British International Theatre Program

The BRIT program provides residencies for major British theatre artists to work from two to eight weeks each year in master classes and Theatre productions. This private/public-endowed partnership creates a rich learning and performing environment for theatre students.

The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Theatre and Dance

The Holloway endowment provides residencies for major dance and theatre artists to work from two weeks to one semester in master classes and on productions in dance and theatre. This program fosters original, contemporary, and traditional dance compositions and theatre works enhanced by visiting artists working in collaboration with faculty and students.

SYCOM (Systems Complex for the Studio and Performing Arts)

SYCOM offers facilities for all different fields of professional audio, from analog synthesis to MIDI to digital recording. Through a wide range of courses, students learn techniques of the professional recording studio and the skills to record and produce live music, as well as modern digital audio editing and mastering.

Music Festivals

The School of Music sponsors a variety of Festivals for high school students. Among these are the Festival of Winds which enjoys a tradition of more than 25 years on the USF campus, the Festival of Voices which brings talented high school vocalists to campus to experience choral singing under the direction of USF faculty and guest conductors, and the Festival of Strings that features orchestral and chamber music experiences. All the Festival programs provide an opportunity for participants to experience an intensive and high level musical experience while enjoying the fellowship of other talented musicians in the context of a supportive and educational atmosphere provided by the faculty and students of the School of Music. For details about each program, contact the Coordinator of Admissions in the School of Music.

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004