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College of Creative Arts

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Arts in Art & Design
  • Master of Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music
  • Master of Fine Arts in Art & Design or Theatre


Creative development in art, music, theatre, and dance is central to the College of Creative Arts.  Made up of three professionally accredited and nationally recognized Schools of Art & Design, Music, and Theatre & Dance, the College provides graduate students with a place where they can forge a personal understanding between artistic practice and theory, and form both personal and professional insights that explore and expand the nature of human creativity. Combining performance, exhibition, and scholarship in ways that address both traditional and innovative approaches to art, music, theatre, and dance, graduate students gain a greater understanding of the arts and--in turn--themselves.  

A distinguished faculty of scholars and artists bring to the college’s outstanding facilities a commitment to a creative process of artistic growth and advanced education. In a rich environment of plays, exhibitions, and concerts, the college offers graduate students the knowledge, skills, and inspiration necessary for artistic and professional success.

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.

Vision Statement

We envision broadening our role as a leader of innovation and engagement in the arts. 

Mission Statement

The College of Creative Arts educates succeeding generations of artists, teachers, and scholars through an experimental student-centered appraoch to learning. The college advocates the arts as a medium through which the diversity of human experience is understood and valued. Exemplifying excellence and innovation in performance, exhibition, scholarship, and creative research, the college offers artistic and cultural opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and the global community. 


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

Programs of Study

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 (costume, scenery, and lighting). 

The master of music (M.M) degree enhances undergraduate training in performance, music education, theory, music history, and composition.

The master of arts (M.A.) has concentrations in art education, art history, and studio art.

For More Information

Additional information on programs of study and areas of emphasis within each degree can be found in the individual school’s description in this catalog and/or on the school’s website listed below.  Students may also contact the individual Graduate Coordinators for each School’s graduate program.


Graduate Advisor, School of Art & Design

Phone: (304) 293-4077



Director of Graduate Studies, School of Music

Phone: (304) 293-4489



Director, School of Theatre and Dance

Phone: (304) 293-6806


Written requests for information should be sent to the appropriate Graduate Coordinator and school at the following address: College of Creative Arts, Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6111, Morgantown, WV 26506-6111.

General information about graduate study and life at West Virginia University can be found at

Admission Requirements

The College of Creative Arts uses the admission standards and procedures of the university for the admission of graduate students.  Each school within the college also has individual admission requirements.

Potential graduate students should refer to the specific admission criteria of each school found in their program descriptions in this catalog and on the school’s website.

Because of the creative nature of the arts, some students may be admitted under the individual consideration clause of the university’s general admission policy. This category allows admission of exceptionally talented students in art, music, and theatre who might not meet the criteria for grade point averages and standardized test scores to be admitted to one of the College’s programs of study.

Assistantships, Tuition Waivers and Financial Awards

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

Assistantships are offered in each school; however, the number of assistantships is limited and their award is competitive based on their availability as well as the quality of the applicants and their potential for significant contribution to the school and college.  Assistantships pay stipends, health insurance, and a university tuition waiver. In return, graduate assistants provide approximately twenty hours of work per week during the nine month academic year with duties that range from instructional to service positions within each school.  

For more information on assistantships, graduate tuition waivers, cash awards, application process, and important deadlines, please refer to each school’s individual website.

Additional information on funding for graduate study at West Virginia University can be found at


Dean and Director

  • Paul K. Kreider - D.M.A. (University of Arizona)

Associate Dean

  • William J. Winsor - M.F.A. (Ohio State University)