Fine Arts Degree Programs

Let your creative spirit soar and your artistic side shine with fine arts degrees from Grand Canyon University (GCU). Become a leader in performing arts, or learn the professional technology skillset needed to succeed in the industry by studying in one of our fine arts degree programs. With small class sizes and plenty of performance opportunities, the College of Fine Arts and Production helps you gain experience and channel your creative talent into a meaningful degree program experience.

If you love to perform, we offer fine arts degrees in theatre, dance and music so that you can refine your skills and share your talents. Prefer to create artwork used in advertising or film? Check out degrees in fields like digital design, advertising design and digital film. Whatever your passion, a College of Fine Arts and Production degree can help you find your purpose.

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College of Fine Arts and Production

The fine arts degree programs from the College of Fine Arts and Production can help you pursue your passion. Find out about our latest productions, events and more. 

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Theatre and Drama Program

With professional faculty and graduates who are currently working in the industry, GCU's theatre department is known for its outstanding programs. GCU's College of Fine Arts and Production uses a uniquely cooperative approach. In addition to regular classroom studies, you are encouraged to take part in the University Theatre Series in numerous capacities, allowing you to explore the creative process from rehearsal to live performance. This global approach to theatre education training helps you develop a variety of skills and prepares you to succeed in today's marketplace.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama provides you with the foundation needed to pursue a career in professional theatre, film and television, concerts and more.

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Theatre Education Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education is designed for students with a passion for teaching and inspiring the next generation of performing arts professionals.

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Dance Degree

GCU's dance degree programs are designed to help you not only refine and expand your knowledge of dance, but also help you grow as a dancer and choreographer, mastering dance technique in areas like ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. The Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education prepares you to become a certified dance teacher by blending both the theory and practice of dance performance and its related fields.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

With a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, you can choreograph in professional dance settings, collaborate with other artists, prepare to start your own dance company and more.

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Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education

Help students explore the art of dance by becoming a dance teacher. If you are interested in teaching dance in a K-12 setting, consider the dance education program at GCU. 

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Music Major

Interested in pursuing a career in musical performance? Do you want to become a music teacher? Advance your education in a field you are passionate about by becoming a music major. GCU's Bachelor of Arts in Music helps you develop musical skills, understand composition and refine your performance skills. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education program, which leads to a teaching certification, is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades K-12.

Choral Piano Program

GCU's Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Choral: Piano leads to initial teacher licensure and prepares you to teach piano to students in public or private school settings. 

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Choral Vocal Program

Prepare for a rewarding career teaching music, with a focus on vocal performance and choral techniques, by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Choral: Voice. 

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Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion or Strings helps you prepare to teach music or instrumental conducting to students. 

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Piano Instruction Degree

With a focus on performance, music theory, instrument collaboration and composition, the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental: Piano prepares you to teach. 

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Instrumental Performance Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Instrumental Performance offers you the opportunity to perform and practice musical scores, arrangements and instrumentals.

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Piano Performance Degree

In the Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Piano Performance degree program, you have the opportunity to enhance your skills through practice and collaboration.

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Voice Performance Degree

Develop your skills in singing, vocal arrangements, harmonizing and performing by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice Performance from GCU. 

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Design Degrees

The world of design is expanding to include a variety of areas, including social media, the Web, animation and print design. For students looking to enter this highly creative space, GCU offers several design degrees. If you are looking to enter the world of animation, you can learn the basic principles of animation and create projects that can be used in professional portfolios. If enjoy communicating ideas visually, you may want to consider a degree in advertising design or web design.

Animation Design Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation helps you hone your skills in drawing, photography, composition, sculpture, modeling, visual effects and more.

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Advertising Design Degree

GCU's Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations with an Emphasis in Advertising Design helps you learn branding development, with an emphasis on design projects. 

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Web Design Program

Learn about web design strategies, web applications, programming and designing for branding with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design. 

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Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film

The digital film degree is designed to develop leaders in the fields of narrative film and video production. The program is built on developing a strong foundation in narrative storytelling, technical skills and the hands-on experience necessary to design and deliver poignant messages. The production emphasis is for students interested in the technical side of filmmaking, while the screenwriting emphasis involves writing and molding stories into films.

Production and Digital Film Degree

Interested in filmmaking? The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production helps you explore the technical and aesthetic aspects of digital productions. 

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Digital Film and Screenwriting

Explore the art of storytelling in specific genres of film, including dialogue and conflict, with the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting from GCU. 

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Questions About Fine Arts Degrees

Thinking about earning a fine arts and production degree from GCU? If you are considering one of our programs, but you are not sure which one might be right for you, take a look at some questions that might help guide you as your explore our fine arts degree programs.

What is graphic design?

Graphic design is a form of visual communication using images, words and colors to convey ideas to different audiences. Many people who earn a graphic design degree pursue a career as a graphic designer, web artist or creative specialist. If you are interested in this field, you may want to consider GCU's advertising design degree or digital design degrees.

How can I become a dance instructor?

Earning a dance degree can help you on your path to becoming a dance instructor. If you wish to teach in a studio, you could choose to earn a performance degree or a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. However, if you are hoping to earn a position as a dance instructor at a school, you will need to earn a dance education degree and pursue certification.

What degree should I obtain if I want to work in theatre?

While you may earn a variety of degrees and still pursue a career in theatre, GCU's theatre and theatre education degrees allow you to train collaboratively both on stage and behind the scenes so that you are prepared for a variety of roles. This cooperative approach can help prepare you to succeed in the modern theatre industry.

What can I do with a music degree?

As a music major, you have several career options, including musician, composer, producer and arranger, in workplaces such as production agencies, radio stations, private clubs and performance groups. If you pursue a music education degree, you may find a rewarding career in a K-12 setting helping students to develop their musical abilities.