Valparaiso University - Valparaiso, IN Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago.

Founded in 1859, Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth.

Valparaiso University offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options throughout our five undergraduate colleges, as well as programs through our Graduate School and Law School. You’ll take classes in the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences along with courses required by your major. Each step of the way, your professors and academic advisor will guide you as you discover how to turn your passion into a rewarding career.


Valparaiso University’s Art Department stresses the development of visual literacy informed by critical analysis, historical study, and creative works within several studio settings. It offers concentrations in graphic design, photography, art history, painting, sculpture, and art education, as well as a variety of courses in other media; students may pursue a 30-hour Bachelor of Arts or a 54-hour Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts degree.

Valparaiso's Chicago Arts Program allows students to live and work in Chicago for a semester, with a program of coursework, internships, independent study projects, and cultural opportunities

Renowned guest artists from a variety of media often visit campus to share their expertise with students

Valparaiso's Brauer Museum of Art is home to a nationally recognized collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art

Facilities include laboratory and studio space for photography, digital media, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, drafting, and painting
Study abroad programs offer extensive opportunities for art students.


Valparaiso University has been training musicians to become performers, teachers, and scholars for more than a century. Music majors at Valpo engage in an intellectually and musically challenging course of study that combines the best of liberal and professional education. All music major options offer comprehensive preparation in musicianship, history, theory, performance skills, and repertoire, provided by dedicated musician-professors.


Each year, more than 60 public concerts at Valparaiso feature guest artists, major ensembles, chamber music, faculty solo artists and student performances.

Auditioned ensembles including choirs, bands, orchestra, chamber music and jazz are open to all qualified students. Many other performance opportunities are available.

Close proximity to Chicago allows easy access to performances by some of the world’s top performers and ensembles.
Student ensembles regularly tour internationally, and student and faculty performers collaborate in syndicated radio broadcasts and recording projects produced through Valpo Arts Media.

In addition to Valpo’s many study-abroad opportunities, the department has ongoing relationships with certain programs in China and Germany that offer specialized opportunities for qualified students.


Every facet of theatre is explored through Valparaiso's hands-on theatre major, including acting and directing, design and technology, costuming and makeup, lighting and stage management, voice and diction, movement and dance, performance theory and dramaturgy, theatre history, literature and more.


Students can take part in four to five faculty-directed live productions a year, typically featuring one musical production, one dance concert, and two to three full-length plays.

During the fall semester, senior majors produce an Acting/Directing Showcase of their senior projects.
Under the leadership of Department of Theatre faculty, the University Dance Ensemble meets regularly throughout the academic year for technique classes and choreography.

Every year the theatre department sponsors productions intended to provide opportunities for civic engagement for our students, including performances to local schools, churches, community groups and campus constituencies.

Each season, one to two full-length, student-directed and designed productions are included as part of the second-stage series of shows.
The Theatre Department is housed primarily in the Valparaiso Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art facility inaugurated in 1995.


Contact Information

Phone: (800) 221-1010

Email: Admissions

Website: Valp Online

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Other: College of Arts & Sciences

Other: Graduate Programs