The University of Southern Mississippi is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Requirements are in accordance with the published regulations of these associations. The school offers majors in general art; art with an emphasis in drawing & painting, graphic design, or sculpture; dance performance & choreography; dance education; general theatre; and theatre with an emphasis in acting or design & technology. The school also offers minors in art, art history, dance, and theatre.
The student seeking general study in the field of art should choose the broadly oriented BA degree. The student seeking to pursue a career as a practicing artist/designer should choose a plan of study in one of the three professionally oriented emphasis areas of the visual arts, which lead to the professionally oriented BFA degree in art.
The School of Performing and Visual Arts offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance in two emphasis areas: Performance & Choreography and Dance Licensure, K-12. The BFA degree ensures a comprehensive study of dance with an emphasis on studio work.
The School of Performing and Visual Arts also houses the USM Repertory Dance Company, which produces at least four concerts per year.
Art (Drawing and Painting) BFA
Art (Graphic Design) BFA
Art (Sculpture) BFA
Dance (Dance Education Licensure) BFA
Dance (Performance and Choreography) BFA
Theatre (Acting) BFA
Theatre (Design and Technology) BFA
Art History Minor
Graphic Design Minor