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Performing and Visual Arts at Coker University

More often than not, a major in the arts isn’t a choice – it’s a calling. Our arts programs are designed to help students turn their passions into a career. On top of technical and artistic training, our students are directly involved in performing, showcasing and producing from day one. Coker University arts programs provide students with opportunities to take their education beyond the classroom by participating in conferences, internships, tours and study abroad programs. Our art programs have an abundance of talent based scholarship eligible to students by audition or portfolio review.

Art - In the art program you will refine your technical skills, explore your artistic voice and collaborate with a supportive community of artists who will critique and challenge your work, pushing you to create on a higher level than you knew you were capable of. You’ll work harder than you ever have before – but in the end, you’ll emerge with the knowledge, skills and confidence to begin your career as an artist or in a number of promising art-related fields. Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art. Bachelor of Arts: Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Art Education, Photography.

Portfolio Review Dates:

  • November 8, 2019 
  • February 21, 2020  

Dance - The dance major at Coker University offers a broad range of courses to prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities. It provides student-centered learning rich in dance technique, choreography, theory, performance and advanced professional training. We believe each student has the potential to reach their goals as a performer, choreographer, dance educator, movement therapist/analyst or dance advocate. We strive to develop thoughtful and active artists in the classroom, studio and world. Bachelor of Fine Arts: Performance and Choreography. Bachelor of Arts: General Dance, Dance Education with K-12 Teaching Certification.

Audition Dates:

  • November 8, 2019 
  • February 21, 2020
  • April 17, 2020

Music With personal guidance from accomplished faculty, our round-table teaching philosophy challenges students to explore, defend, and communicate their ideas and creative perspective. Outside of the classroom, students benefit from performance opportunities in recitals, opera workshop, and various ensembles in addition to internships, regional and national ensemble tours, and study away and abroad opportunities. Bachelor of Arts: Piano, Voice. Bachelor of Music Education: Piano, Voice.

Audition Dates

  • November 1, 2019
  • February 21, 2020  
  • April 3, 2020  

Theatre Our round table learning philosophy cultivates critical and analytical thinking, while surrounding you with a creative community to inspire, support and challenge you to reach your full potential. The program focuses on integrating a comprehensive curriculum with a multitude of opportunities for valuable hands on experience – from productions to workshops, internships, study abroad and more. Whether you prefer to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes, a theatre major at Coker will deliver a comprehensive liberal arts education. Bachelor of Arts: General Theatre, Performance Theatre, Theatre Design and Technology, Musical Theatre.

Audition Dates:

  • November 22, 2019  
  • February 21, 2020  
  • April 3, 2020 


Coker University, an All-Steinway School provides the opportunity for their students to practice and perform in state-of-the-art facilities - the $6.5 million Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center includes a 466-seat proscenium theater, audio and video editing suites, a black box theater, two dance studios, a music recording studio, rehearsal room, Scene Shop and Stein Gallery. The visual arts are located in the Gladys C Fort Art Building with drawing and painting studios, computer lab, photo darkrooms, ceramics and sculpture studios, individual work spaces for all upper level students and the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery. 

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