College Arts Spotlight: September 2014

Featured performing and visual arts programs of the month


As another year of high school begins, here’s some help in your search for the right college arts campus. Student preparation at Cornish College of The Arts leads to professional theater communities in Seattle and nationally, while an emphasis on experiential learning at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory opens doors to performing, composing, and conducting. Dance majors at Butler University acquire professional technical training with a strong liberal arts education, and visual arts students develop 21st century skills at Maryland Institute College of Art, the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the nation!


Theater: Cornish College of The Arts

Through its emphasis on professional preparation and whole-person education, the Theatre Department supports the Cornish College of the Arts mission to prepare students to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Providing a bridge between the department and the professional theatre community in Seattle and nationally, students are grounded in a fundamental understanding of techniques applicable to professional theater, television, film, improvisation, or multidisciplinary experimental work. The department’s focus on personal development and professional breadth enables students to apply creative skills in a wide array of settings. The Cornish Theater Department presents as many as 15 public-performance productions each year, in addition to over 30 developmental works, senior projects, and special events. Faculty and staff are practicing theater artists, working in venues from major regional theaters to Broadway, from musical theater to film to community theater, as performers, directors, playwrights, administrators and dramaturgs. Majors offered on this college arts campus are Acting, Musical Theater, and Original Works. Visit the website


Music: Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

The Conservatory at Baldwin Wallace is an artistic community within a liberal arts college, affording students a variety of choices, artistically and professionally. The Conservatory offers six Bachelor of Music Degrees, a Bachelor in Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts, Major or Minor in Music. The faculty consists of teachers and performing professionals with exceptional credentials in the Cleveland area, including those from the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra. An emphasis on experiential learning enables students to take leading roles in performing, composing, conducting, managing and teaching. In addition to private study, students choose from a number of small ensembles that augment performance opportunities as soloists and studio musicians. On a larger scale, competitive auditions are held for positions in the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Motet Choir and University Choir. Other large ensembles provide a range of styles and performing mediums. From the impressive Bach Festival to recent graduates on Broadway, this Conservatory of Music has garnered national and international attention. Visit the website


Dance: Butler University

The Department of Dance at Butler University is where serious dance students are able to find conservatory-based, professional level training with a broad approach to liberal arts education. Dance majors at Butler acquire strong technical training based on a central focus of ballet, versatility in other techniques, and the opportunity to perform extensively in a pre-professional company. The Department fosters the educational development of students in many facets of the art of dance, while promoting the development of well-rounded, highly educated individuals of academic and artistic excellence. Dance students on this college arts campus are prepared for future professions in many dance endeavors as performers, choreographers, teachers, administrators, and scholars. Alumni have served as apprentices, corps de ballet, soloist and principal dancers, artistic directors, school directors, ballet masters/mistresses, executive directors, general managers, production managers, rehearsal directors, touring directors, co-artistic directors and more on Broadway and in dance companies. Visit the website


Visual Arts: Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

MICA has become a leader in the education of artists and designers by fostering a community of talented, creative individuals committed to redefining the boundaries of art and design. The innovative curriculum, well-equipped college arts campus, and world-class faculty all have a single purpose — provide the education, experiences, and resources needed to prepare leading artists and designers in the 21st century. Founded in 1826, MICA is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the nation. As a top producer of Fulbright Scholars among specialty schools, MICA also attracts Fulbright Scholarship students around the world to continue their study and research. Faculty members with active careers creating, exhibiting, or publishing their own work provide the essence of the learning experience at the College. Additionally, the education of students is further enriched with a program that regularly brings other nationally recognized artists, scholars, and critics to campus for residencies, critiques, and lectures. The Career Development center at MICA is a key resource for students, alumni, and employers to connect. Visit the website


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