Welcome to the School of Performing and Visual Arts, which houses the nationally accredited
programs: Art and Design, Dance, and Theatre. As a collection of artists, we are happy
to establish ourselves as a substantial and collective presence on campus and in the
Our nationally-renowned faculty members are artists, directors, performers, and scholars
who continue to teach, perform and choreograph across the U.S., as well as create
art that's exhibited at world-class museums.
We offer hands-on learning experiences thanks to our performance ensembles. From directing
productions to choreographs, at Southern Miss, you get to participate on stage and
behind the scenes.
Students in Art and Design not only present their work at annual exhibitions—applying
skills towards realized final artistic products—but can get to work for our very own
student-led Graphic Design agency.
If you are interested in choosing the School of Performing and Visual Arts, you should
know about our on-campus recruitment events. The first time you step foot on our campus,
you will feel at home!
I also hope you can come see a show! We have regular exhibitions in the Museum of
Art, as well as theatrical productions and dance concerts. This is a great way to
see the work of our faculty and students.
I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Southern Miss!
Growing steadily over its sixty-plus year history, the Art and Design program is proud
of the many professional accomplishments of its alumni. Art courses have been offered
at the institution since its inception in 1910. Today’s department is comprised of
an extensive range of visual arts programs. While the majority of today’s students
are enrolled in professional degree plans such as Graphic Design, Drawing and Painting,
and Sculpture; all areas of study are vibrant with increasing enrollments.
Provide all students with an education that emphasizes comprehension and application
of the expressive, theoretical, and investigative possibilities of the visual arts;
Prepare students to excel as visual arts professionals in our contemporary societies;
Encourage students to investigate culture, history, and technology through the visual
Serve as an educational and cultural resource for Mississippi, the Southeast, and
The Dance program was the first program in Mississippi to offer the professional B.F.A.
degree in dance and is the only program in the five-state region that offers a dance
education K-12 emphasis.
The challenging and intensive four-year dance program is grounded in a comprehensive
curriculum of dance technique (ballet and modern), choreography and performance.
The dance education emphasis is designed to provide students with the credentials
necessary to teach dance in the Mississippi public school system.
The Dance program prides itself in providing students with a comprehensive, individualized
and rigorous study of dance.
Through mentoring and attentive faculty-student interactions, we aim for our students
to be skillful and knowledgeable performers, choreographers, licensed dance educators
Our graduates will experience dance as an art form and as a career path. We combine
technique, dance theory courses, choreographic and performance opportunities, and
teaching experiences to engage students in creative and critical thinking, preparing them to successfully
participate in the field of dance with conviction and integrity.
Just as we commit to our students, we are committed to bringing dance experiences
to our community through performance and education.
The Theatre program at Southern Miss provides students with sound theory and intensive
practical training, as well as opportunities for extensive performance experiences
and exposure to visiting professional artists.
We seek to provide the best possible education for our students, preparing them for
careers in the professional and educational arenas.
We emphasize the power of the imagination, passion, discipline and collaboration in
the creation of art.
We seek to provide the best possible, and most creative, work environment for our
students, faculty and staff, while offering the strongest possible support for the
specific missions of the Theatre program.