The Visual and Performing Arts Department at
Cal State San Marcos provides
an exciting multidisciplinary approach to the arts which embraces
the cultural richness of southern California. A degree in Visual
and Performing Arts consists
of a sequence of courses that illuminates and emphasizes the benefits
cross-cultural heritage, presented in the framework of a dynamic
experiential, theoretical and technological environment. The curriculum
encourages interdisciplinary work, collaboration, and student self-direction.
As each student's educational goals and needs are different, The
Visual and Performing Arts Department provides the opportunity for
VPA majors to be directly involved in the design and pursuit of
their education. A core of
courses provides a broad theoretical and experiential introduction
to the arts. Students specialize in one area by following "Track"
providing a series of appropriate courses. Courses in the track
are selected consultation with a
& Technology Track Designed for students who wish to work with digital
arts, multimedia, video,
and/or web design. This interdisciplinary track emphasizes various
media including music, video and the visual arts.
Track Provides course offerings in composition, music
and survey courses of diverse musical cultures. Music track students
encouraged to explore their own creativity and musical voice.
Track Provides courses in acting, theatre production,
and research to performance. Survey courses include European, Latin
American and American Theatre, with
a strong focus on African American and Latino Theatre.
Arts Track Designed for students who work creatively and
innovatively in drawing,
painting, and sculpture, as well as with digital media. It allows
great flexibility in choosing among the program's offerings in both
studio and critical/theoretical work.
and Education Track Designed to prepare students for entry into a
K-6 credential program and
includes a reduced number of arts courses and in increase in general
education coursework. The Multiple Subject Achievement Test is waived
for graduates of this track.
VPA Minors The Visual and Performing Arts Minors offer the
student the opportunity to
pursue studies in music, theater, visual arts, dance, art history,
combination of the above. An emphasis in Arts & Technology or Arts
Education is also possible. With the help of an advisor, students
discipline-specific or multidisciplinary minor by choosing courses
areas: Critical/Theoretical Course or Studio Courses. All courses
for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. Independent
Studies, research, or internships cannot be counted toward the minor.