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Creative Arts

Studying Creative Arts

Do you consider yourself an original and independent person? Are you drawn to activities where you have the freedom to express your creative ideas? Do you dream of a career performing, designing, or creating art? If this sounds like you, explore our opportunities and see what it means to be a Golden Eagle.

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Emmanuel Carney

Meet Emmanuel Carney

BME Choral/Instrumental | Assistant Drum Major, Pride of Mississippi

At Southern Miss, I've been able to fully develop my skills as a musician, student, and person. I've been afforded numerous opportunities to shape and improve my craft because of the dedication that USM has for curating an influential, worthwhile undergraduate experience. 

Learn by Doing

Find yourself taking center stage, creating original works, and seeing your ideas come to life. From film productions, performances or choreographies, and visual or ceramic works to graphic or sketch designs, here you will create!

Caitlyn Hezlinger

Meet Caitlyn Herzlinger

Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting | Fight Director and Stage Combat Safety Expert

What I love the most about getting to create art with our undergraduates is that in my role I get to actually witness them grow into talented, dependable collaborators. It's one thing to teach them acting techniques, but it's another to help them learn the soft skills that they can use anywhere in their lives. 


We proudly boast a vibrant community of alumni that are soaring across industries and working at companies around the world. Here are some recent graduates.

Whitson Ramsey Painting

Meet Whitson Ramsey '18

BFA with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting
Art Handler, Atelier Fine Art Services
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

During my time at USM, I was able to discover the cultural and historical significance of the fine art world and what my place as an artist would look like in that career path. The faculty in USM’s Art + Design program vigorously taught me all the skills and theories I needed to learn in order to become a professional artist working full-time in the field.

Ezekiel Andrew

Ezekiel Andrew ’17

M.M. in Music

Mufasa Understudy & Principal 
The Lion King on Broadway

New York City

Falon Baltzell

Falon Baltzell ’09 

B.F.A. in Dance (Performance and Choreography) 

Artistic Director

The Wooden Floor
Santa Ana, California

Blair Ballou

Blair Ballou ’21

B.A. in Media and Entertainment Arts (Film)


Ballou Media Group LLC.
Los Angeles, California

Holland Harkins

Holland Harkins ’22

B.S. in Interior Design

Junior Designer

Anderson Design Center
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Interesting Courses

Did you know over 2 K courses are offered in an academic year in the creative arts?  Here is a sampling of courses that might spark your interest.

Costume Shop
Intro to Costume & Makeup

THE 201

Introduction to theatrical costume and makeup theory with its practical application.

Study Abroad
International Housing & Interiors

ID 497CA

Study abroad: a series of lectures and tours by interior design topics.

University Bands
University Bands

MUP 482

This ensemble offers opportunities to perform on a secondary instrument and is a great way for non-music major band students to participate in a concert band.

Freshman Repertory
Freshmen Repertory Dance Company

DAN 220

A structured rehearsal process that leads to a public performance taken in a dance major's first semester.

Create your own Southern Miss story.


Have Questions?

Contact USM's College of Arts and Sciences via email at discover.casFREEMississippi.