Much like a painting or a musical composition or a play, the result of the hands-on education, inspiration, and training provided at the College of Creative Arts has many layers, many meanings—and as many interpretations as there are students, faculty, and audience members. It can be seen as exceptional preparation for a career in art and design, music, or theatre and dance. It can also be seen as the ideal preparation for virtually any career in a global, speed-of-light economy that demands creativity, flexibility, and a calm, collaborative and assured “stage presence” to succeed.

Its numerous successful alumni in the visual and performing arts are a testament to the College of Creative Arts’ reputation for providing a first-rate vocational foundation for its students. Not all art majors become artists, nor do all theatre majors become professional actors—but each graduate of the College of Creative Arts becomes a person who can see the world in a new way and bring what they see to the canvas, the stage, or the boardroom. As all disciplines and all careers become more closely related and cross-pollinated through technology, creative arts education teaches innovation, resilience, cooperation, and a respect both for tradition and for breaking with tradition. All are skills—and a State of Minds—essential to 21st century achievement.

Beyond leading-edge education in the visual and performing arts, the College of Creative Arts is also committed to offering a wealth of opportunities for our local community and the people of West Virginia to engage with and be engaged by the arts. Enriching quality of life is as much our mission as serving our students.

The Trajectory of Success

As the premier university for the visual and performing arts in the state of West Virginia, we are committed to leadership and accomplishment in innovative arts education, research, and performance. The College of Creative Arts and the Creative Arts Center that houses it have become national and international resources noted for the exchange, creative collaboration, research, publication, and presentation of the arts.

Today, some 800 students study, learn, and perform in three professionally accredited and widely recognized schools within the College: Art and Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance. The Creative Arts Center, which is home to the College, contains five performance spaces as well as classrooms, computer labs, movement and ensemble labs, shops for the creation of costumes and set designs, and visual arts, ceramics, and sculpture studios. We are blessed with one of the nation’s best facilities in which to teach and learn—but it is in need of expansion to take advantage of the academic challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Our global and national linkages are growing rapidly, from a partnership with the Pittsburgh Symphony to international programs in China, Italy, and Brazil. Some of America’s best-known artists, historians, and critics serve as visiting scholars at the College. Throughout the curriculum, we focus on hands-on, real-world education that enables students to intern and perform professionally as they work toward rewarding careers both in and beyond the arts. We dedicate our efforts—as we will dedicate the results of your generosity—to what directly impacts and assists our students’ future successes.

With that in mind, we must expand our global connections, continue to support our best and brightest (outstanding students with endowed scholarships, outstanding faculty with endowed professorships), and provide the tools, spaces, and technologies that enable our learning community to excel.

Priorities for Tomorrow

The College of Creative Arts has identified a list of essential funding priorities that, with your vital support, will power our accomplishments in education and research in the coming decades. A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University is the vehicle through which you can make a difference for students and faculty members as well as our state, national, and global communities. 

  • Advancing Education in the Arts while Engaging Our Community—The Art Museum of WVU
  • Ensuring Future Generations of Artists—Student Enrichment
  • Means for Mentors—Endowed Professorships
  • A World Perspective on the Arts—Enhancement of Global Education
  • Art in the Electronic Age—Educational Technology
  • “Practice, practice, practice!” Improving Educational Spaces
  • Transformational Opportunities

To learn more about these funding priorities download the College of Creative Arts campaign brochure or contact Jennifer Jordan at 304-293-4351. To learn more about the College of Creative Arts visit