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USM is one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music.

Arts and Academics

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The School of Music is dedicated to its longstanding international reputation for musical excellence, providing a myriad of musical and educational opportunities for the professional and artistic growth of our student musicians.

Here you will work side-by-side with distinguished faculty who have performed on world-class stages and teach at festivals and conferences around the globe. Find yourself performing in ensembles including The Southern Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and the Steel Pan Orchestra at regional, national and international events as well as attending master classes with guest artists.

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Performing and Visual Arts

The School of Performing and Visual Arts houses undergraduate programs in art, graphic design, painting and drawing, sculpture, dance performance and choreography, dance education, theatre, theatre performance, and theatre design and technology.

Graduate programs are offered in theatre performance, theatre design and technology, and directing.

The school produces exhibitions and performances throughout the year, and students are highly engaged in practice in the arts.

School of Performing and Visual Arts

English (Creative Writing)

The School of Humanities is comprised of the major disciplines of English, history, philosophy and religion. In other words, we are the school that examines and celebrates the human capacity for expression, empathy and critical evaluation.

The Creative Writing program in our School's Center for Writers offers courses and workshops in fiction, nonfiction, prose and poetry, taught by distinguished faculty who are widely published in their field. Students in the program can work toward an MA or PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing and are afforded opportunities to study with internationally acclaimed resident and visiting authors. 


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Arts News

 The Latest on Our Vibrant Arts Community


Clay Named Director of the USM Center for Writers

Dr. Adam Clay has been appointed as the new director of the Center for Writers, the distinguished center for the graduate study of creative writing housed within the English program in the School of Humanities at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

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USM Graphic Design Students Win Record Number of ADDY Awards

Students from the Graphic Design area in the School of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Miss were honored with a total of 60 awards at the American Advertising Federation Mississippi Gulf Coast (AAF-MS Gulf Coast) Awards, also known as the ADDYs, on Feb 8.

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USM Theatre Students Win Awards at Southeastern Theatre Conference Competition

Students from the Theatre program in the School of Performing and Visual Arts at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recently attended the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Louisville, KY, where USM dominated the Hair and Makeup Design Competition winning first, second, and third place.

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