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College of Creative Arts

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Philosophy in Music
  • Master of Fine Arts in Art and Theatre

The College of Creative Arts, composed of the Schools of Art & Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance, serves an academic and cultural function and provides an educational and interdisciplinary environment for the exploration, advancement, and understanding of the visual and performing arts. The college boasts a distinguished faculty of actors, artists, composers, conductors, directors, instrumentalists, vocalists, scholars, and writers who bring to the college a commitment to a creative process of artistic growth which is shared with each student. Through teaching, research, and service, the faculty of the college provides students the professional preparation to achieve the highest level of performance, scholarly research, and creative activity.

Graduate programs in art, music, and theatre are characterized by quality of faculty, students, and curricular opportunity. Each school is an accredited member of the nationally recognized accrediting agency for professional instruction in the discipline: art programs by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; music programs by the National Association of Schools of Music; and theatre programs by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The College of Creative Arts is committed to providing the highest levels of creative, intellectual, and cultural experiences in art, music, and theatre to the University, the state, and the region. In an environment rich with art exhibitions, concerts, performances, and plays, students gain the knowledge, skills, experience, and inspiration necessary for professional success. Students, faculty, and visiting artists present a full calendar of performances and exhibitions which are open to the public.

The Creative Arts Center, which houses the college, is a modern, multimillion-dollar instructional and performance facility with four theatres, two recital halls/recording studios; scenery, painting, drawing, design, costume, printmaking, sculpture, ceramic, puppet, and instrumental studios; additional art studios; and two art galleries.

The doctor of musical arts (D.M.A.) curricula in performance (piano, voice, percussion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, or double bass) or composition, and the Ph.D. curriculum in music education prepares students for careers as teachers in higher education. The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) is a terminal degree in art and theatre that prepares students for careers in ceramics, graphic design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, acting, or theatre design/technology.

The master of music (M.M.) degree enhances undergraduate programs in performance, music education, theory, music history, and composition. The master of arts has concentrations in art education, art history, and studio art.

For further information, please contact:

  • Graduate Advisor, School of Art & Design at (304) 293-4077
  • Director of Graduate Studies, School of Music at (304) 293-4489
  • Director, School of Theatre and Dance at (304) 293-6806

Our mailing address is College of Creative Arts, Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6111 Morgantown, WV 26506-6111.

Special Admission Information

The College of Creative Arts offers graduate programs leading to terminal degrees in art, music, and theatre. Prospective students apply for admission through the University’s Office of Admissions. All candidates for graduate degrees must conform to University regulations for graduate study. Requirements for admission to specific programs are included in the program descriptions. Most programs require an audition or a portfolio review as part of the admission process.

To assist in funding the cost of graduate education, West Virginia University and the College of Creative Arts offer a number of competitive financial aid packages for qualified applicants.  These include assistantships, tuition waivers and scholarships. 

Full graduate assistants receive a stipend and remission of tuition. Application for assistantships should be made directly to each school.  Assistantship applications deadlines are:

  •  School of Art & Design:  February 15
  •  School of Music:  March 1
  •  School of Theatre & Dance:  April 1


ARHS 501. Independent Study. 1-15 Hours.

(may be repeated for credit) PR: Consent. Independent research, closely supervised, on topics of students selection. Proposal must be well-defined and contain historical, critical, and theoretical issues. Contractural course.

ARHS 504. Asian Art. 3 Hours.

ARHS 507. Native American. 3 Hours.

Advance investigation of the visual material culture of the First Peoples of North American north of the Rio Grande, pre-contract to present. Focus on formal analysis with careful contextual studies.

ARHS 510. Intro Curatorial Practice. 3 Hours.

PR: ARHS 120 and ARHS 160. Specifically the role of the curator. The objective is to assess exhibition display and develop a critical perspective on curatorial practice.

ARHS 520. Greek and Roman. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. The architecture, sculpture, and paintings of the Aegean world, c.2000 BCE, Greece and Rome to 400 CE. Critical and historical context of this time period will be considered.

ARHS 531. Medieval. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. The arts of Europe from c. 312 to c. 1350. The theoretical, historical, and literary contexts will be established. Architecture, sculpture, painting, and portable arts will be included.

ARHS 533. Medieval Architecture. 3 Hours.

Advanced investigation into the architecture of western Europe and its builders, from 313 through the sixteenth century: monumental buildings, architectural ornament, and the fusion of sacred and secular, in context of medieval world views.

ARHS 538. History of Stained Glass. 3 Hours.

ARHS 544. Art Theory. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Examination of the development and tradition of the literature of Western art theory and its relationship to artistic practice.

ARHS 545. Modern Art Theory. 1-12 Hours.

(May be repeated for credit.) PR: Consent. Studies in art education and related areas. The development of a master's degree project in conjunction with a faculty committee.

ARHS 546. Medieval Painting. 3 Hours.

ARHS 547. Romantic Painting. 3 Hours.

Advanced investigation into artistic movements and the underlying cultural and intellectural factors that inspire painters use imagination and appeal to the emotions, reflecting the complexity of both the world and the self.

ARHS 548. Women in Art. 3 Hours.

Graduate-level study and research on the the art of female artist and of women as subjects in art. There will be an historical view along with a strong theoretical component.

ARHS 550. Northern Renaissance. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. The arts of Northern Europe from 1350 to 1560 will be studied in an historical and theoretical context. Painting and sculpture will be the focus of study.

ARHS 554. Italian Renaissance. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Early Renaissance through Mannerism. The course will emphasize both the historical context and theoretical foundation of 15th-and 16th-century Italian art and architecture.

ARHS 560. Baroque. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Art of the late 16th through the early 18th centuries, of both Northern and Southern Europe. Issues of historical context and theoretical interpretation will be emphasized.

ARHS 570. American. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. The arts in the United States from the Colonial to the Modern era placed upon factors which define American art and the critical foundations for the works.

ARHS 575. Ninteenth Century. 3 Hours.

PR: ARHS 120 and ARHS 160. The course focuses upon European and American art from the late 18th century through 1900. Issues of theory, historical context, and literary foundation will be considered.

ARHS 580. Modern. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. The revolutionary experience of visual art, from its foundation in 19th century European movements through the modern era. Critical theory and historical context will be stressed.

ARHS 581. Modern Architecture. 3 Hours.

Advanced investigation of architecture from the industrial revolution to the present. Theoretical consideration of style, form, technique, material, and meaning in the archirecture of the modern and contemporary periods.

ARHS 582. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 3 Hours.

Advanced investigation of the life and work of America's most noted and controversial architect. Close examination of his work in the context of the development of modern architecture.

ARHS 585. Print/Propaganda/Art. 3 Hours.

Advanced investigation of the history and theoretical implications of printing, printmaking, and other forms of imaging in the western world from the earliest printed materials to present.

ARHS 588. The Art of Andy Warhol. 3 Hours.

Advanced investigation of the ground-breaking and controversial art of Andy Warhol. Examination of his work in the context of 1960's Pop Art movement and recent contemporary art.

ARHS 589. Contemporary. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Exploration of the various artistic movements from World War II to the present. Emphasis will be given to the change from modern to postmodern. Familiarity with images and critical texts will be expected.

ARHS 593A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

ARHS 595. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

ARHS 601. Thesis. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Topic selected by student in consultation with art history faculty. Research must indicate familiarity with primary and secondary sources and regard for evidence of art historical research, methodology, and criticism.

ARHS 602. History of Chinese Ceramics. 3 Hours.

Advanced investigation of pre-history to present with emphasis on historical development of ceramics and culture of important dynasties in Jingdenzhen, China. Students will visit historical archaeological sites, traditional production centers, and museums.

ARHS 605. Chinese Language/Cultural Hist. 3 Hours.

Covers basic cultural and written Chinese, an introduction to China's many cultures and customs, and a brief history of China. Field trips offer experiential learning at sites discussed in class.

ARHS 693A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

ARHS 694A-Z. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.

Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

ARHS 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project, or dissertation. (Grading may be S/U.).


Dean and Director

  • Paul K. Kreider - DMA

Associate Dean

  • William J. Winsor - M.F.A.