Virtual VPA for Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts! The COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from meeting with you on campus this spring, but we’re eager to connect with you online to share all that VPA has to offer.

Below you will find many virtual events that give you opportunities to connect with VPA students, faculty, and staff. We hope you will join us for multiple sessions to learn more about the VPA student experience, ask questions, and get excited for the fall semester!

For University-wide programming for admitted students, please visit the University Admissions visit pages.

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Join Us for These Virtual Events

Our list of virtual events for admitted students is updated regularly and all times are listed in Eastern Time. Once you have registered for a virtual session or special event, you will receive a link via email. Note: once you submit the registration form, a confirmation email will be sent to the student’s email address. In many cases, log in instructions will be sent via email the day of the event.

All event times are in Eastern Time. Click on date links to register for a session.

All-VPA Sessions and Special Events

Vibe with VPA

Join the VPA recruitment specialists on a Zoom call to ask any questions you may have about the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Syracuse University, your major, resources and opportunities on campus, and more. Stay for a short time, or stay for the full hour — we’re just excited to see you! 

This is an interactive session tailored to you and your questions, so come prepared to chat!

  • Weekly on Mondays and Fridays at 3:30 p.m.

Search for a session by date and register

Exploring Creative Careers

Join VPA’s assistant director of career services Patti Bevans for a discussion about how VPA supports and prepares students for successful careers in creative fields. The session will include a brief overview of the college’s career services and share information about career exploration, internship opportunities and examples, alumni engagement, and more! A question-and-answer session will follow. 

Admitted students and parents are welcome and encouraged to join together.

Meet Your Future: Conversations with VPA Alumni

We invite you and your family to join Michael S. Tick, dean of the college, and Associate Dean Elisa Dekaney for a panel discussion with VPA alumni. Learn how a VPA education launched their careers and how VPA will prepare you for success too!

Registration for these events is required. We welcome you to attend one or both events. Please use the links below to sign up. We encourage families to join in together on one device!  

  • Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m.
    • Keith Cartwright ’97, president and chief creative officer, CARTWRIGHT
    • Julie Kubacki ’00, vice president, promotion, 300 Entertainment
    • Eric Jarboe ’09, executive vice president, strategy, corporate and production operations, Motion Picture Corporation of America
  • Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m.
    • Melissa Shakun ’05, designer and art director, “Saturday Night Live”
    • Nancy Taylor ’15, content developer & filmmaker
    • Malcolm Merriweather ’07, conductor and director, the Dessoff Choirs, and assistant professor and director of choral studies, Brooklyn College
    • Nata Dvir ’05, chief merchandising officer, Macy’s
    • Julia Kipnis ’14, coordinator, cinema programming, ARRAY Now

Parent and Guardian Receptions

Join Michael Tick, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, for a casual, parents-and guardians-only program to learn what it means for you and your student to be a part of the VPA and Syracuse University family.

Dean Tick will be joined by VPA staff members Carol Ruffin, director of the Office of Academic and Career Advising; Patti Bevans, assistant director of career services; and Jenny Saluti, director of recruitment and admissions. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers!

Meet with Our VPA Ambassadors

As an elite group of student volunteers in the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, the VPA Ambassadors help prospective students and their families gain valuable insight into life at Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Inside Scoop: Cocoa and Connect with VPA Ambassadors

This session is led by VPA Ambassadors who will speak about their experiences as current VPA students. This is your chance to learn about what it’s like to live and study at Syracuse University and in VPA. Be sure to bring your questions and be ready to chat.

Trivia Night

Hang out with the VPA Ambassadors and test your knowledge of Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts! Meet other admitted students, get in the Syracuse spirit, and ask any remaining questions you have about the student experience. There will be prizes and lots of fun!

Individual Appointments

You may also schedule an individual virtual appointment with a representative from the VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions, a faculty member, or a current student.

Request an individual appointment

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Experience the VPA Community

At Syracuse, being Orange is a way of life. But what does it mean to be Orange in VPA? Check out these videos from our schools and departments to find out!

For School of Art Students

Inside the School of Art

Tour the School of Art facilities


For Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) Students

Faculty and students explain the benefits of a degree in CRS

Tour Sims Hall, home of the CRS department


For School of Design Students

Inside the School of Design

Consider joining the Design Learning Community


For Department of Drama Students

Inside the Department of Drama

Take a virtual tour of the Department of Drama

Alumni Spotlight: Jonalyn Saxer ’14 (Jonalyn PDF Transcript)

Alumni Spotlight: Ben Holtzman ’13 and Sammy Lopez ’13 (Ben and Sammy PDF Transcript)

Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Ostrander ’07 (Alexis PDF Transcript)


For Setnor School of Music Students

A sneak peek into the Setnor School of Music

Student profile: Kyle Beirne ’21, sound recording technology major


For Department of Transmedia Students

Student profile: Film major Danial Khan ’21 

Playlist of computer art and animation students’ short films

Art photo alumni share how their education prepared them for their current success