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The Art Department offers a B.A. in Art and B.F.A. in Art, a minor in Art Studio and a minor in Art History, as well as general education offerings in art for the general student population and the larger community.



Through courses, exhibitions, research and degree programs, the Art Department advances understanding and appreciation for the visual arts; trains professional artists through the B.F.A. degree; educates liberal arts students in the B.A. program; and represents the visual arts on campus and to the surrounding community. For art majors and minors, sound technical and design education in a broad variety of media serves as a basis for a rigorous course of study leading to the production of theoretically, aesthetically, and technically sound artworks that imaginatively display a wide variety of meanings and modes of self-expression that are suited to the individual artist.


The Department of Music is a relatively small department of approximately 80 majors and minors who study music in the context of a broader liberal arts education offered through Clarion University. The department prides itself in creating a learning environment that focuses on individual student success. Each student is provided the personalized attention and mentoring necessary to be successful in the music program. Our small class sizes - average 12:1 student to faculty ratio - help to guarantee that each student’s needs are met.

Students taking music courses are taught by experts in the music field; no graduate teaching assistants teach music courses at Clarion. All full-time music faculty have terminal degrees in music and maintain an active professional profile in their specialty areas. Additionally, all music faculty serve as academic advisors to music students, so our faculty are intimately involved with the academic progress of each student.

The student body in the plays a vital role in fostering a productive learning atmosphere. The “typical” Clarion music student may be described as being “talented,” “friendly,” “outgoing,” and “helpful.” The diversity exhibited by our student body and faculty further works to foster tolerance, patience, understanding, and appreciation for varied viewpoints.

Students studying music at Clarion can feel confident that they will receive a top-quality music education. The Music Education program also is fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Beyond course work, students have numerous opportunities to further their professional development. Workshops, clinics, conferences, and teaching opportunities abound as students expand their learning to outside the classroom. Student music organizations, such as MENC, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, also help students to gain valuable leadership experience.



The Clarion University Theatre Department is an undergraduate program offering Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The program provides classroom and practical experience that enriches the lives of students. The department also produces live theatre that enhances the cultural life of the university and the surrounding community.

Students unlock their potential and develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to flourish as cooperative, empathetic artists. Our students also develop a love of learning that follows them throughout life. Undergraduates receive the training and experience necessary to pursue careers in the professional theatre.

Our students and faculty have won a variety of awards for their productions, performances, direction and design.

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