College of Performing Arts

The College of Performing Arts enjoys a long and rich tradition of innovative professional training of dancers, choreographers, instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, actors, directors, theater designers, teachers and other performing artists.

Our School of Dance, Ira Brind School of Theater Arts and School of Music stress artistic collaboration and exploration – students work with those in many other artistic disciplines, such as Film and Design. And our dynamic, award-winning faculty of practicing professionals is dedicated to serving our students as mentors inside and outside the classroom and to providing links for students to career opportunities in their fields.

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School of Dance

The School of Dance's groundbreaking curriculum prepares students for the professional world of dance.

Ira Brind School of Theater Arts

Acting; Directing, Playwriting + Production; Film Design + Production; Musical Theater; and Theater Design + Technology.

School of Music

Jazz and American contemporary music are the foundations of the University's School of Music.

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University Common Curriculum

Emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative processes as a cross-university curriculum for all undergrads.

Graduate Degree Programs

Earn a master's degree in Arts Education, Museum Studies, Visual Arts, Music or Industrial Design.


Choose from Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology, Music, Musical Theater, E-Music or Music Education.

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Academic Opportunities

Students can choose from a number of opportunities, including our Honors and Study Abroad programs, to enhance their academic experience.

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Dean's Message

CPA strives to provide you with the highest quality of vigorous professional training and practice opportunities in your discipline.