Programs Overview

The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Cal State San Marcos provides an exciting multidisciplinary approach to the arts which embraces the cultural richness of southern California. A degree in Visual and Performing Arts consists of a sequence of courses that illuminates and emphasizes the benefits of our cross-cultural heritage, presented in the framework of a dynamic experiential, theoretical and technological environment. The curriculum encourages interdisciplinary work, collaboration, and student self-direction.

As each student's educational goals and needs are different, The Visual and Performing Arts Department provides the opportunity for VPA majors to be directly involved in the design and pursuit of their education. A core of courses provides a broad theoretical and experiential introduction to the arts. Students specialize in one area by following "Track" providing a series of appropriate courses. Courses in the track are selected consultation with a VPA advisor.

Arts & Technology Option
Designed for students who wish to work with digital arts, multimedia, video, and/or web design. This interdisciplinary track emphasizes various digital media including music, video and the visual arts.

Music Option
Provides course offerings in theory, composition, music technology, performance and survey courses of diverse musical cultures. Music track students are encouraged to explore their own creativity and musical voice. 

Theatre Option
Provides courses in acting, theatre production, and research to performance. Survey courses include European, Latin American and American Theatre, with a strong focus on African American and Latino Theatre.

Visual Arts Option
Designed for students who work creatively and innovatively in drawing, painting, and sculpture, as well as with digital media. It allows the student great flexibility in choosing among the program's offerings in both studio and critical/theoretical work.

Requirements for VPA Minors
The Visual and Performing Arts Minors offer the student the opportunity to pursue studies in music, theater, visual arts, dance, art history, or any combination of the above. An emphasis in Arts & Technology or Arts & Education is also possible. With the help of an advisor, students create a discipline-specific or multidisciplinary minor by choosing courses from two areas: Critical/Theoretical Course or Studio Courses. All courses submitted for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. Independent Studies, research, or internships cannot be counted toward the minor.

Arts & Technology Minor

Art History Minor

Dance Minor

Music Minor

Theatre Minor

Visual Arts Minor

Visual Performing Arts Minor

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