Performing and Creative Arts at Cleveland State University


Department of Theatre and Dance

• BA in Dance
• BA in Theatre

• Dance
• Theatre

Department of Music

• BA of Arts
- Music
- Music With a Pop and Rock Emphasis

• BA of Music
- Composition
- Music Education
- Music Therapy
- Performance

• Music

• Music in Composition
• Music in Education
• Music in Performance

Postgraduate Programs

• K-12 Multiage License in Music Education
– Post-baccalaureate Non-degree Program
• Post-baccalaureate Equivalency Program in Music Therapy
• Professional Studies in Music Performance Certificate Program

Art Department

• BA in Art History
• BA in Design
• BA in Studio Art

• Art History
• Studio Art and Design

Other Programs
• Certificate in Arts Management and
Community Development
• Certificate in Graphic Design

Our Arts Campus flourishes in the heart of Playhouse Square, the nation’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City. It features the Tony Award–winning Cleveland Play House, America’s only professional theatre company coupled with an undergraduate university learning environment. The Arts Campus includes over 120,000 square feet of studios, rehearsal space, classrooms, and production shops, with faculty from the top arts institutions in town, including the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Arts Campus also includes the Galleries at CSU.

Performing Arts
Department of Theatre and Dance
Housed in a new $60 million state-of-the-art education and performance facility, the Department of Theatre and Dance provides students with hands-on and personal interactions with faculty and guest artists who are active professionals.

Theatre students have the unique opportunity to study in the second-largest theatre center in the country, receiving vigorous training in one of three tracks: Acting, Directing, or Design/Tech. Participation in full-scale productions includes onstage, backstage, and front-of-house experiences. Through the Cleveland Play House and Playhouse Square, students enjoy free tickets to performances and master classes with renowned theatre artists. Internships and workshop productions support classroom and studio experiences.

Dance students study a variety of dance forms, receive intensive training in technique and creative process, and perform in the CSU Dance Company. Through partnerships with GroundWorks DanceTheater, our in-residence professional company, and DANCECleveland, dancers participate in master classes and workshops, attend concerts, and learn the choreography of nationally renowned guest artists.

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Department of Music
The Department of Music provides a comprehensive education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and at the same time presents concerts, recitals, seminars, master classes, and workshops for the campus community and region. Our students have the opportunity to study with artist/performer members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square Theatre Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, City Music Cleveland, and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, among other noted professionals. Space and resources are abundant in Cleveland State’s Music and Communication Building, with Waetjen Auditorium and Drinko Recital Hall, three large rehearsal halls, two chamber music rehearsal rooms, three electronic music laboratories, and dozens of practice and specialized music teaching spaces included.

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Creative Arts
Department of Art and Design
The Art Department at CSU offers a wide range of programs in the dynamic environment of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Our recently renovated facilities in the Middough Building include two computer labs, a darkroom for photography, a printmaking studio, and light-filled spaces for drawing and painting. The Galleries at CSU on Euclid Avenue hosts our courses in Museology as well as the annual Student Art Show and exhibits the work of local, national, and international artists. Students in the department benefit from small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and careful advising and guidance throughout their college careers.

Graphic Design students explore the design principles of typography and spatial organization to come up with creative solutions to practical design challenges. Students use the latest technology and software to enhance their technical skills while taking into account the dramatic changes in the graphic industry.

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The School of Film and Media Arts
Lights! Camera! Action! From The Avengers to The Fate of the Furious more and more movies are being filmed in Cleveland—more than 65 in the past few years alone, resulting in $400 million in economic impact and the creation of 1,700+ jobs. To prepare students for successful careers in this rapidly growing industry as well as in related fields, Cleveland State University is set to open the only standalone School of Film, Television, and Interactive Media in Ohio and one of the few such schools between the East Coast and the West Coast. Created with a grant from the state of Ohio, the school will build upon the success of CSU’s popular degree program in Film, Television, and Interactive Media (one of the fastest-growing programs at CSU), complete with state-of-the-art production labs and editing facilities where the next generation of media pros will master the latest techniques and technology.

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