With one of the largest arts programs in Pennsylvania, the IUP College of Fine Arts offers degrees in arts, music, theater and dance, and interdisciplinary fine arts. Programs leading to certification to teach art and music are offered in cooperation with the College of Education and Communications, and minors are available in arts, music, theater, and dance.
The College of Fine Arts has dedicated facilities for each of its departments, including an auditorium, two theaters, three art galleries, a university museum, a recital hall, a computer laboratory, and a dance studio. It also offers a recently renovated and expanded area for art students to work with sculpture and clay and a newly renovated music building—one of the finest music teaching facilities in the state at nearly 64,000 square feet. And, further demonstrating its commitment to the arts, the university joins the exclusive ranks of being an All-Steinway School—educational institutions that use pianos produced only by New York-based Steinway & Sons.
Presenting nearly 200 performing and visual arts events annually through the Lively Arts, the College of Fine Arts allows students to develop their talents locally, regionally, and nationally as well as take part in international student exchange.
Committed to the arts and the community, the College of Fine Arts also provides arts-in-education programs through ArtsPath. This partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts provides unique experiences in the form of extended residencies by professional artists in schools and organizations throughout western and central Pennsylvania.
The mission of the College of Fine Arts at IUP is to provide excellent programs of study for all of its majors, balancing high professional standards with rigorous and current educational practice, and to provide coursework and programs of an equally high standard in service to majors in other departments which may require arts classes and, as part of the university’s general studies mandate, to the entire university student body.
The College of Fine Arts takes as its special mission the presentation of arts events, including plays, concerts, exhibitions, and recitals, featuring the work of students and faculty as well as the work of visiting arts professionals, as a gift of enrichment and as a celebration of the human spirit for the university, the community, and the region.
Finally, the college takes as its mandate and its privilege the inclusion in its presentations, studios, and classrooms the works, thoughts, and performances of a culturally and ethnically diverse world of art.