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The mission of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is to cultivate artistic expression that empowers a diverse student body to achieve maximum human potential in the disciplines within the context of the larger Norfolk State University Mission and Charter; to promote universal understanding through Art, Music, and Theatre; foster enlightenment to the campus and community at-large, advance scholarship, and provide high-quality instruction in Art, Music Education, Music Media, and Theatre.


Overview of Fine Arts Division Mission Goals and Objectives:

  • To foster an understanding of the visual arts, its history, and place in contemporary society.
  • To reinvigorate the studio courses and create a learning environment, where students can demonstrate learning skills and learned skills, critical thinking and entrepreneurial savvy.
  • To develop corporate level competencies in all studio course offerings.
  • To provide a strong aesthetic foundation through a developmental sequence of visual arts coursework.
  • To increase the interrelationship of all creative activities and broaden the educational and career potential for minority and traditionally under-served populations who are committed to visual expression.