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Visual and Performing Arts

Our Mission

Consistent with the mission statements of Clayton State University and its College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts serves the community through its excellence in teaching, research, and creative endeavors. The department’s diverse programs are linked by their commitment to nurturing creativity and professional expertise. Working with a professionally active faculty, students learn, create, and develop skills in a supportive environment. Graduates of our programs are equipped to excel in advanced studies or professional careers.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts strives to be an artistic and cultural resource for the region by presenting concerts, lectures, theatrical performances, and community education. The faculty is committed to the personal growth of their students by sharing their skills and knowledge and continuing their own professional development as artists, scholars, and educators.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Communication and Media Studies (Media Production, Communication and Human Relations, and Media and Cultural Studies); Film Production; Music; and Theatre. The Department offers the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education. The Department offers minors in Art, Communication and Media Studies, Corporate Communication, Film, Music, and Theatre.

Clayton State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Contact Us

Dr. Terrence Johnson,
Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department

Dr. Susan McFarlane-Alvarez,
Coordinator of Communication and Media Studies Program

Mr. Alan Xie,
Coordinator of Art Program

Ms. Shontelle Thrash,
Director of Theatre Program

Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller,
Coordinator of Music Division

Mr. Jonathan Harris,
Coordinator of Film Production Program

Ms. Tonya Woods
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (678) 466-4750
Fax: (678) 466-4769


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