Performing Arts (B.A.)
If your talent, passion and goals are in music, theatre or audio technology, you will find your place here at Clemson. Your course of study, education and professional training will offer you the time and opportunity to explore your path — whether it is on stage, behind the scenes or in teaching or administration. As a performing arts major, you will receive the expert instruction and hands-on experience you need to move ahead in your career and engage in your craft. Come reach your potential and push your limits as part of Clemson's collaborative community of professors, students and professional artists.
- The Brooks Center serves as a professional roadhouse, recital hall, classroom and laboratory — all rolled into one beautiful performing arts venue.
- Regardless of whether your focus is music, theatre or audio technology, you'll study and gain experience in all three areas.
- A degree in performing arts will prepare you for a career in many aspects of the arts, from behind the scenes to center stage.
- Clemson's performing arts faculty are nationally recognized for their work and deeply involved in their professional fields.
- You'll have opportunities to study and work alongside visiting performers and professionals from nationally touring productions.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
Whether you aspire to a career in audio, music or theatre, you'll enroll in a set of core classes that give you the tools to be successful in a wide variety of performing arts professions. Our customized course of study, culture of performance excellence and tradition of small class size combine to make you a vital partner in your education.
Audio Technology Concentration
Using the Brooks Theatre as your laboratory, you'll learn about recording techniques, live sound reinforcement and music technology. You'll gain professional experience as you record concerts and run sound for events and shows. In your senior year, you'll produce a CD of your own work.
Tailor your studies to suit your needs and aspirations. Study performance, music theory, music history, music technology and arts administration. Choose from more than 20 performing ensembles to develop your talent and gain experience. Take advantage of private lessons available to every vocal student and instrumentalist.
Our actors design, our writers act and our directors write. So whether you decide to specialize in writing, design, acting or directing, you'll know and understand all aspects of theatre. You'll also get to experience a wide range of performances and plays - from classical to contemporary - emphasizing both the production values and thematic/structural diversity of new works.
- Film Studies
EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Majoring in performing arts at Clemson makes the stage your classroom. But offstage, Clemson students get numerous opportunities to build sets, participate in internships, join ensembles and expand their range with vocal and acting coaches.
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Norwegian Cruise Line
Video and Control Systems Designer
Productions Unlimited Inc.
Manager of Patron Services and Hospitality
Berkshire Theatre Group
TEXAS Outdoor Musical
Emerging Professional Resident
Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
Dock Street Theatre
Berklee College of Music
Associate Project Manager
Technical Theatre Solutions
Work Light Productions
Director of Website Development
Lee Resources International
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
M.A. Communication: Producing Film, Television and Video
MFA Sound Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master of Sport and Entertainment Management
University of South Carolina
M.Ed. Music Education
The University of Texas at Austin
M.A. Music Education
New York University Steinhardt
M.A.T. Performing Arts
College of Charleston
Doctor of Music
Florida State University
Master of Music
Ohio State University
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Writing and Literary Management
- Touring Show Technician
- Stage Management
- Talent Agent
- Box Office
- Composing and Arranging
- Music Libraries
- Administration and Management
- Audio Technology
- Recording Engineer
- Sound Design
- Sound Reinforcement
- Mixing and Production
- Sound Restoration
FIND OUT MORE
Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.
Beth Anne Johnson
Student Service Coordinator