a place for Creativity

We believe in the transformative power of the performing arts.

In Production New Children's Opera Brings Together Expertise and Talent From Across the School of Performing Arts and Beyond

The Three Feathers is a new one-act children's opera commissioned from composer Lori Laitman by the Center for the Arts in collaboration with the School of Performing Arts and the Roanoke Opera. The work will  premiere in October 2014 at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. [...]

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Summer Arts Festival

Printmaking Revered: 40 Years of Prints from the Robert Miller Collection

June 6-August 16


Summer Arts Festival

Steppin' Out Street Festival (sponsored by the Downtown Merchants)

Aug. 1-2


Summer Arts Festival

Maryann Harman: Fresh Paint

Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-Sept. 12



Our Programs at a Glance


Our program in Music offers a range of degree options: performance, composition, education, and technology.

A low ratio of students to teachers (10:1) allows us to work closely with you.

Our faculty of distinguished teaching artists and internationally known visiting artists are here to help you develop your own talents and aesthetic.

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Our program in Theatre reaches beyond the conventional, producing contemporary works alongside new takes on classic plays.

We believe in learning by doing: in the classroom and in production.

Our low ratio of students to teachers (10:1) allows us to work closely with you to develop your own talents.

We offer both a B.A. and an M.F.A. degree in Theatre. Learn more about the graduate program.

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Our Cinema Production and Studies program features a variety of courses in production, film history, and criticism.

The program is hands-on - - the opportunity to work on projects using the latest tools and technology is made available from the first semester in the program.

We encourage creative student work that develops communication and collaboration skills.

Our faculty serve as guides to help you to develop your own artistic aesthetics.

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