Study Art, Dance, Design, and Theatre at 1 of 36 institutions in the nation accredited in all 4 major arts.

The School of Performing and Visual Arts houses undergraduate programs in art, graphic design, painting and drawing, sculpture, dance performance and choreography, dance education, theatre, theatre performance, and theatre design and technology. Graduate program are offered in theatre performance, theatre design and technology, and directing. The school produces exhibitions and performances throughout the year, and students are highly engaged in practice in the arts.

The University of Southern Mississippi is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art  & Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Faculty Highlight: Julie Hammond

Professor Hammond has launched a new website geared towards training teachers to integrate dance into their curriculum. The website, Wiggle Genius, is the first of its kind with online tutorials presented by Hammond.

Faculty Highlight: Jennifer Torres

Jennifer Torres, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Southern Miss, showcased her most recent creative endeavor titled, “Misfit Children: Landscapes and Creatures from the Mind of Jennifer Torres,” at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art. The exhibition intrigued visitors with the stories each piece had to tell using texture, color, and intentional detail. As the 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Creative Research Scholar of the Year, we sat down with professor Torres to get to know her and learn more about her exhibition and creative process.

Faculty Highlight: Robin Aronson

Professor takes the stage in several productions including the musical "Cabaret"

News and Updates //

Academic Programs //

ART + DESIGN

The Art Design Area of the School of Performing and Visual Arts offers the following academic options:

• BFA – Drawing & Painting
• BFA – Sculpture
• BFA – Graphic Design
• BA – Art

• Art Minor
• Art History Minor
• Graphic Design Minor

DANCE

The Dance Area of the School of Performing and Visual Arts offers the following academic options:

• BFA – Dance (Performance & Choreography)
• BFA – Dance (Dance Education & Licensure)
• Dance Minor

THEATRE

The Theatre Area of the School of Performing and Visual Arts offers the following academic options:

• MFA – Theatre (Design & Technical)
• MFA – Theatre (Performance)
• MFA – Theatre (Directing)

• BFA – Theatre (Acting)
• BFA – Theatre (Design & Technology)
• BA- Theatre

• Theatre Minor
• Apparel Construction and Design Certificate

Contact //

Mailing Address //

118 College Dr. #5033
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Physical Address //

201E Theatre and Dance Building
Hattiesburg Campus

Phone //

601.266.4161

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