Visual and Performing Arts Department


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. A few of the reasons you'll love fine arts at Graceland University are

  • an impressive visual arts facility available to our vibrant, respected artists with the highest qualifications
  •  The Helene Center for the Visual Arts offers 29,000 square feet of creation space, and 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.
  • 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 bachelor's degrees in graphic design/visual communication and studio art. The department faculty possess 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 hold 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 field of theatre.

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