The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theatre, visual arts, graphic design, art history, architecture and landscape architecture. The college is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. B. Stephen Carpenter II has served as dean since January 2020.
The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Art History, the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the School of Music, the School of Theatre and the Penn State School of Visual Arts. Please visit the units’ websites to learn more about the degrees they offer. The college also includes the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State Centre Stage and Penn's Woods Music Festival, which serve as important cultural resources that provide educational outreach programs for Penn State and area communities. In addition, the college is home to a number of research centers and institutes, which help to foster a vibrant culture of inquiry that promotes excellence within the arts and design disciplines, while at the same time leveraging the potential of a comprehensive research university. Read more about Arts and Architecture Research here.
College of Arts and Architecture faculty are dedicated to providing high-quality professional instruction to the approximately 1,450 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college. They also are responsible for providing undergraduate literature, history and studio courses in the arts for all students at Penn State.
The college is housed in sixteen buildings on the
University Park campus. It includes performance spaces, gallery/exhibition spaces, a lighting and design lab, computer labs, special subject libraries, specialized studios and a stage lighting archive. Click here for a map of the college.
Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture proudly serves as one of the major cultural centers between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
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