About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

Who We Are

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is a vibrant arts community of practitioners, scholars, and learners representing a range of arts traditions and disciplines.

Our arts college is comprised of three fully accredited entities:

School of Music

School of Art and Design

School of Theatre Arts and Dance


At UNC, the arts are core to who we are.

The University of Northern Colorado was established in 1889 as The Normal School and has a long-standing tradition as an arts institution. Guggenheim Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, is now home to the arts college main office.

The University of Northern Colorado is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year. Learn more!

Careers in the Arts

The College is devoted to helping students prepare for careers in the arts.

Coming Fall 2015! The UNC arts Entrepreneurship Initiative will:

--Further your entrepreneurial abilities to create a successful career
--Explore entrepreneurial skills to complement your artistic talents
--Develop business, marketing and strategic planning skills
--Join in real-world opportunities to collaborate with other artists on your artistic vision

To learn more, contact Melanie Poston at melanie.poston@unco.edu or call (970)351-1921.

Technology and Facilities

The College has the facilities and advanced technology, the faculty and staff, and the experience to provide serious students with an engaging education in the arts.

While we are meticulous about providing a rigorous education for our students, we are also conscientious about supporting students in their exploration of new and innovative arts forms and expressions.

At the College of Performing and Visual Arts students, faculty, and staff are dedicated to their arts disciplines. Our programs of study are designed to be challenging and relevant.

Arts Community

In our College, students encounter outstanding and recognized arts practitioners, arts historians, arts educators, and arts administrators.

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is an important part of the cultural community of Northern Colorado and our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are actively involved in cultural and arts organizations and schools in the region and beyond.

The members of the arts community at UNC are passionate about what we do, and we focus that enthusiasm in a way that provides a demanding learning and artistic environment for all our students.

Arts College Alumni

Our alumni are a testament to the quality arts education opportunities found within the College and their successes are models for those who will be joining our community of artists and arts scholars. Get engaged and visit Alumni Relations.

Events and Entertainment

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is home to over 300 events annually! Visit our calendar to see what’s happening next in music, art, theatre, and dance.

Visit or contact our Ticket Box Office for more information.

Visit us at UNC

We encourage you to visit our campus, explore our website and find us on social media.  To schedule a visit to campus, contact the Visistor’s Center http://www.unco.edu/visit/index.asp.

If you’d like to tour our arts facilities and meet our arts college faculty and staff, please email Melanie Poston at melanie.poston@unco.edu or call (970)351-1921.

We invite you to follow your interests and to follow your artistic and academic path at the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado.

College Mission and Vision Statements

Vision Statement

The College of Performing and Visual Arts endeavors to be a preeminent institution of higher learning for arts education.

Mission Statement

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is a professional and academic unit of the University of Northern Colorado. The faculty, administration, and staff are committed to creating a challenging, meaningful, and collegial learning environment by preparing students for careers as educators, artists, scholars, and administrators. The College provides leadership in the arts, and acts as a cultural center for the University, community, state, and region.

Read Full Vision and Mission Statement and Strategic Priorities, Jan 8, 2015

Read By-Laws approved Oct 2, 2014