First-year students

Welcome! Study in the College of Visual and Performing Arts focuses on the education of cultural leaders as well as creative and scholarly excellence. Each day you are surrounded by a diverse community of students and a dedicated, supportive faculty and staff.

The college's programs are divided into four areas:

  • Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • Department of Drama
  • Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music
  • School of Art and Design

The intimate atmosphere within the college blended with the advantages of a major university and a lively urban environment offers rich opportunities for students pursuing their education at Syracuse.

Please note that all prospective undergraduate students applying to VPA must meet Syracuse University's general requirements and submit a portfolio or audition to complete their application. 

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A fashion design student works at The Warehouse

Professor Elizabeth Ingram in a Department of Drama acting class

A typical day at the Setnor School of Music

Communication and rhetorical studies students in class

Film students work on a shoot

The SU Symphony Orchestra performs in Setnor Auditorium

Communication and rhetorical studies students converse with department alumnus Ted Koppel ’60 H’82

Costumes line up for a performance at the Regent Theatre Complex, home of the Department of Drama