We believe those who live what they love make the world a better place. They care. They get involved. They find new ways to do things. At Roanoke, we think the world needs people with passion. Come here and find yours.
Through a whole-person approach to education you'll explore the world from intellectual, physical, creative, social and moral perspectives. You'll find what you love, and join a community of scholars who share your interest. You'll deepen your connection in research and intensive study. Through real world experiences, you'll apply your knowledge to current issues, and develop practical skills that will help you in your career.
As an Art major, you can focus on a range of core areas during your course of study: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. You'll be invited to exhibit your work in a featured annual show, giving you the chance to share your creations with the entire Roanoke College community.
Through independent studies, you can pursue a personal creative interest as you work toward a major project. Recent topics include advertising and web design, botanical etching and relief, children's book illustration, commercial photography portraiture, computer applications in silk screening, and majolica pottery technique.
Recent grad school acceptances include Arizona State University Tempe, Parsons, The New School for Design, University of California Los Angeles and University of Maryland. Art alumni have gone on to pursue careers in art education, public art, graphic design, advertising sales, Americorps, youth ministry and art galleries.
Our music program provides a nurturing and creative home for you, whether you want to focus on music history, music theory, arranging or instrumentation.
Members of our faculty are professional performers with a range of expertise. You'll work one-on-one with them to develop your talents at your own tempo and through your own pathways. You'll find quite a range of music here in the Roanoke Valley, both on and off campus, from classical and jazz to folk and bluegrass. The Roanoke Valley has a professional symphony and opera company, alternative music halls, old-time country james and a performing arts center that regularly draws world-class musicians. Where and what you explore is up to you.
Roanoke music students have recently pursued graduate studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Pomona College and University of Chicago. Music graduates are working as professional performers and teachers, as well as in fields as diverse as mental health counseling and wilderness engagement.
Theatre arts encourage active learning by focusing on experiences in workshop, behind the scenes and on stage.
By exploring all aspects of theatre arts, from costume design to playwriting, the program allows you to pursue individual interests. You can major in theatre arts or minor in dramaturgy, theatre performance or theatrical design. Whichever you choose, you'll help stage challenging and entertaining plays through Theatre Roanoke College seasonal productions. Past plays include the work of David Ives, David Mamet, John Patrick Shanley and Donald Margulies.
Roanoke's theatre arts graduates currently work as actors, models, stage managers, directors, costumers, production managers and agents-as well as in a range of other fields, including marketing, communications, non-profit management, technological analysis, sales and higher education admissions. Some alumni have founded their own acting companies, and many have gone on to pursue graduate studies at such prestigious institutions as The New School for Drama and Acting in New York.
We offer a major in theatre arts and minors in dramaturgy, theatre performance and theatrical design.
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