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Welcome to Visual & Dramatic Arts

Welcome to Youngstown State University and the Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts (V&DA). The department’s programs in Studio Art, Art Education, Theatre, and Dance embody the YSU mission of inspiring individuals, enhancing futures, and enriching the lives of our students, and the broader community, through rigorous curricula and robust arts programming. Comprehensive professional training combined with excellent liberal arts education makes YSU a leader in Northeast Ohio in preparing students for the challenges that today’s rapidly changing world presents.

The department boasts over 75,000 square feet of highly specialized classrooms, studios, production shops, and media labs, as well as industry standard, state-of-the-art exhibition and performance spaces. Our small class sizes translate to a great deal of one-on-one instruction as students pursue the BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Theatre/Musical Theatre, BSE in Art Education, or BA in Theatre Studies. All students are encouraged to take advantage of global learning opportunities through the department’s faculty-led summer abroad program in Glasgow, Scotland or one of the many study abroad programs available through YSU’s International Programs Office. All of our programs cultivate life-long skills with proven results that can be seen in our impressive and wide-ranging job placement record and in the success of our students gaining entrance into competitive graduate programs upon completion of their studies at YSU.

We invite you to learn more about our programs, tour our facilities, and/or meet with one of our experienced faculty or staff members.

-Stephanie Smith, PhD, Chair, Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts

Contact Information

To learn more about the degree programs, scholarships, exhibitions, performances, faculty, and students, please contact the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts directly at 330-941-3627. To schedule a personalized campus visit, contact the Cliffe College Coordinator of Admission and Recruitment at 330-941-2346.

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