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College of Liberal Arts
University of Mississippi

Fine Arts


Study the Fine and Performing Arts

Create, follow your passion, strengthen professional skills, cultivate critical thinking, and discover your place in our society through culturally relevant works.

What kind of jobs can you get with a degree in the fine & performing arts? Here are a few:

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The liberal arts empowers and prepares you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change through a broad knowledge of yourself and the world. Develop a sense of social responsibility and key intellectual skills sought in the workforce.

According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers survey, employers value:

  • Written communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Initiative
  • Quantitative skills
  • Work ethic
  • Verbal communication
  • Leadership

Majors for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Music Degrees

  • Art BA
  • Art BFA with emphases in ceramics, graphic design, imaging arts & printmaking, painting, or sculpture
  • Art History BA
  • Film Production BFA
  • Music BA
  • Music BM with emphases in education or performance
  • Theatre Arts BA
  • Theatre Arts BFA with emphases in acting for stage & screen, design & theatre production

Explore College Programs


  • Art
  • Art History
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts

Combine your traditional academic interests with these related multidisciplinary programs for powerful, integrative learning experiences that expand your interests and career options:

  • African American Studies
  • Cinema
  • Digital Media Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Southern Studies

Learn More About Our Students’ Journey in the Fine & Performing Arts

Our Student Ambassadors can show you what it’s like to be in your major. Click the links below to see their profile and Instagram.

“The professors provide so many opportunities for students to expand their horizons and really hone their craft. They encourage students to create and produce work that is meaningful to them, and serve as mentors as necessary throughout the production process.”

—Austyn Davis (BA theatre arts), after completing a year of service in Chicago public schools with AmeriCorps and Adventure Stage Chicago she is working as a freelance teaching artist, stage manager, and choreographer with a primary focus being Theatre for Young Audiences

“Undergraduate years can be sometimes overwhelming because big decisions are made. While it is true that UM is a large school, the music department felt like home and my classmates and teachers felt like family. The faculty want to see their students succeed and will make your dreams a reality. I use many skills that I learned at Ole Miss every day in my teaching.”

—Portia Davis (BM with an emphasis in music education, concentration in keyboard) received graduate music degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and teaches piano and theory at the Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, MS.