At Graceland, our facilities are amazing, and our program is small enough that you'll not only learn and observe, you'll be in the spotlight. It's no wonder that many students in other majors also participate in the arts. Here are a few of the reasons you'll love fine arts at Graceland University:

  • Our impressive visual arts facility, The Helene Center for the Visual Arts, offers 29,000 square feet of creation space. All 2-D visual art studios feature northern lighting.
  • The Shaw Center for the Performing Arts offers two theatres, two Steinways and several other grand pianos, a Casavant Frères organ, and a Finale™ digital composition studio.
  • Our faculty are vibrant, respected artists with the highest qualifications.
  • We offer performance scholarships in art, music and theatre.
  • We take pride in our students as they learn, create and excel.

Our Departments:

The Art Department offers a bachelor's degree in graphic design/visual communication and studio art. The department faculty have specialties in sculpture, 3-D design, art history, ceramics, art education, painting, drawing, printmaking, visual communication and graphic design. Minors in graphic design and studio art, as well as a teacher certification are available.

The Music Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a music minor and music education certification. The department faculty have specialties in band, choral music, orchestral music, music theory, music technology, music history, conducting, piano proficiency and single-performance areas including organ, piano, brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds and voice. Ensemble music opportunities include chamber singers, concert choir, orchestra, symphonic band, jazz band and a variety of chamber music ensembles.

The Theatre Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Department faculty have expertise in acting, directing and technical theatre. In addition to a variety of courses offered, the department produces four major productions each year. Included in the theatre degree program is a student-written and directed one-act festival. Students are afforded opportunities to work with various guest artists in the fields of theatre.

We followed up with Marissa and learned she's been experiencing success in her new career as a paid actress, and still credits Graceland for sparking the fire that began her journey.

Braden shares, “I never really liked school until I started attending Graceland. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking Macro and Micro Economics, even though my major is theatre and I am going to see if I can minor in business or economics before I graduate. I couldn't be happier. I love it here … Graceland saved my life.”

“The professors are really nice and you can tell that they care about you and want to have a personal relationship with you, but they also want to challenge you.”