University Of South Florida, College Of Visual & Performing Arts

As the cultural hub of the
university, the College of Visual
and Performing Arts (CVPA) is home to
the Schools of Art and Art
History, Music, and Theatre and
Dance. The College’s Institute for
Research in Art houses the
Contemporary Art Museum and
Graphicstudio. The
College offers contemporary perspectives
in the arts within the context of a dynamic
urban research university setting, characterized
by its artistic and cultural diversity. It
also plays a critical role in the cultural vitality
of the Tampa Bay region and engages
with local, national and international communities
in arts initiatives.


United States

4202 E. Fowler Ave

College Photos (2)

Click on the images to enlarge

picture picture 

Our Aims

The college prepares tomorrow's
artists, scholars and leaders through the
creation and study of new forms of artistic
expression, analysis and pedagogy. Our aim is to continue to grow that family.  

Location and Getting there

We are located in Tampa, Florida, USA. With more than 2.5 million residents, Tampa Bay
is the most populous and affluent metropolitan
area in Florida. A thriving business community,
arts scene and a number of historic districts, make
Tampa one the world’s most desirable areas to
live. From historic Ybor City, Tampa’s own Latin
Quarter, and the nearby Greek community of
Tarpon Springs, to the thrills of Busch Gardens,
there are plenty of exciting attractions and social
venues to explore. Orchestras, world-class performance
halls, museums, galleries and theater
groups, add charm, culture and elegance to this
vibrant and dynamic city. Boasting an average
annual temperature of 72 degrees, it’s no small
wonder more than 85,000 of 200,000 graduates
since USF’s first commencement in 1964 continue
to live in the Tampa Bay area.  

Department and information about the department

In recognition of its academic and artistic
achievements, the College has been given
the program-of-emphasis status by the
State University System. The College
offers graduate degree programs in art, art
history, music and music education, as well
as graduate certificates and advanced graduate

Academic Staff and Description

USF's CVPA has instructors that are worldrenowned
artists and educators, in addition our professors attract many acclaimed guest performers. These guest
artists and scholars offer residencies and master classes that
are a part of studio/classroom experiences,
and contribute to student and faculty
research activities.  

News and Events

The College of Visual and Performing
Arts arranges a full schedule of
concerts, plays, lectures, exhibitions,
and workshops featuring students,
faculty, and visiting artists/scholars.
Events are open to the general public
and are presented both during the day
and in the evening. Special ticket
privileges are available to USF
students. For more information,
contact the CVPA Events Office at
813-974-2321 or refer to the College
Website for more information.  

Information For  Undergraduates

School of Art & Art History
Art Studio BA, BFA, MFA
Art History BA, MA
School of Music
Music Performance BM
Music Composition BM
Jazz Studies BM
Music Education BS, MA, PhD
Music Studies BA
Master of Music MM
Jazz Studies
School of Theatre and Dance
Dance Performance BFA
Dance Studies BA
Theatre Performance BA
Theatre Design BA, BFA
Theatre Arts BA
Graduate Certificates
Museum Studies
Advanced Music
Digital Music Education  

Information For  Postgraduates

USF graduates have found success in virtually every field of endeavor. Throughout the world, USF graduates have
earned voices as writers, reporters, producers, active artists, community arts, educators, musicians, and show business,
from the stages of Broadway to the sound sets of Hollywood. USF was built in a tradition of fine arts, art history, music,
theatre and dance and continues today offering these disciplines, masters and doctorate programs.  

Information For  International Students

International Student & Scholars Services,
the main administrative and advising office
for international students and research
scholars, provides information about Tampa
Bay area transportation, housing, tourist
attractions and Florida’s driver’s licenses.
Call (813) 974-5102 for information. If you are interested in attending, visiting or entering in any of our competitions visit


For extended Alumni news and event information, please visit the Alumni Online Community at Contact us at: 800-299-BULL (2855) or 813-974-2100 or


Student Facilities

Since its inception, USF has endeavored
to provide facilities that assist students
and scholars in achieving their educational
and professional goals. Hundreds of
computers, with free internet access, are
available seven days a week in 12 labs
conveniently located on all four campuses.
Our Tampa campus includes modern
science and engineering labs, a communications
building with a full range of broadcast
facilities, foreign language listening
labs, fine art studios and display spaces,
education teaching labs, even an oncampus
elementary school.
CVPA will be breaking ground on a new education facility in 2008.  

Student Support

USF offers many student support programs. The Career Center is a comprehensive
career planning and job search service for
students.The Phyllis P. Marshall Student Union
is located adjacent to the bookstore, in the
center of the Tampa campus. It is the
central point for student, staff, faculty,
alumni and visitor activities. The Marshall
Center adds dimension to campus life by
providing a venue for programs, events,
services and other extra-curricular activities. Academic Computing Technologies, provides
computing resources and services in
direct support of instruction and research to
the USF community. Free hands-on computing
instruction for students and faculty
is also available in the USF LIB618A
Training Center. Student Health Services functions as a
walk-in-clinic with a same-day infirmary. Student health services also has a nutrition specialist, and counselors on staff. USF also offers a comprehensive advising staff. CVPA's advisors are among the very best.  

Student Life

USF student life offers a multitude of clubs, social groups and greek life. Visit for more information about our student organizations.  

How To Apply

Visit for information on how to apply to USF, for specific information on CVPA or http://admissions. for graduate admissions information.  

Visit us (open days)

Call (813) 974-2011 to get information on tours given on campus.  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

CVPA Student Services and Advising (813) 974-3660 or USF's main line Tampa (813) 974-2011.