College of Visual and Performing Arts (Undergrad)


Aug, Jan


Jul, Dec
decoration components for faculty page
student holding a book in a classroom

Talk with Our Educational Counsellors to Get Support

Talk with Our Educational Counsellors to Get Support

Speak with Counsellor

Faculty Facts

Annual tuition fees

  • Undergraduate: $5,000 (3.0 GPA)
  • ($70 application fee)


4 Years


Aug, Jan

Study language


Delivery mode


Degree type


List of Programs

  1. Music
  2. Musical Theater
  3. Theater
  4. Dance
  5. Media Arts & Design
  6. Studio Art
  7. Architectural Design
  8. Art History
  9. Graphic Design
  10. Industrial Design


Academic Requirements

  • 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Admission to JMU is competitive and strong applicants are selected based on the following criteria:
  1. Core Academic Courses: English, social science, foreign language, lab science and mathematics*
  2. Grades: Mostly A’s and B’s in core academic courses
  3. Rigor of Coursework: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Dual Enrollment and Cambridge International in addition to honors-level courses

Additional requirements

  • Other things considered include involvement in extracurricular activities and additional information found in the letter of recommendation and in the personal essay.

English Tests Requirements





About Faculty

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is the center of creativity and arts at JMU. Our School of Art, Design, Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance focus on high-level artistic training combined with entrepreneurial action and the integration of that practical training with your liberal arts studies. The College also houses innovative opportunities through the Office of Creative Propulsion and the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum.

Top Reasons to Study in James Madison University

Being the change

JMU knows that success requires both intellect and action. You will be encouraged to participate in life outside of your studies, for a full and rich university experience.

The Madison experience

The University offers an unforgettable study experience, combining the very best of American education and college life. The University represents the perfect blend of focused learning and true university spirit. James Madison University is delighted to welcome international students and is committed to making you feel at home.

First-class education

You will share a close relationship with the faculty (teaching staff), and the curriculum is innovative and lively. Students have a high level of involvement in the classroom, the lab and activities around and off campus. The Service Learning Program is nationally known for providing the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world situations.

Ranking & Accreditation of James Madison University

  • #1 Most recommended public university in the U.S. —Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Ed, 2019
  • #64 Public National University —U.S. News & World Report, 2024
  • #7 Best College Campuses in America —, 2023
  • #1 most innovative university in the south by U.S. News & World Report
  • 80% of JMU students do undergraduate research, an internship, a practicum or student teach
  • #1 Best College for Employment in Virginia according to U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled by Zippia. JMU has the highest post-graduation job levels of all Virginia colleges.
  • #25 best public college value in the U.S. by MONEY magazine
  • 98% of 2019 JMU graduates were employed, in graduate school or involved in other career endeavors within six months of graduation

Student Accommodation at James Madison University

  • Housing and Food: around $12,264

On-campus housing
Many international students live on campus for their first year. There are many options of residence halls and apartments.

Off-campus housing
In some cases we will place students in off-campus accommodation. There are a lot of nearby apartment complexes, many of them are new and have great amenities too.

Madison International
This is a prestigious dedicated residence where first-year international and U.S. students live and study together. Make friends with people from around the world and improve your English quickly as you spend more time with your English-speaking friends.


Jul, Dec
Apply Now
Logo for James Madison University

James Madison University

800 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, United States
Visit university profile

Book a free call

Enter your details in the form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

"*" indicates required fields

I am Applying for*
Tuition Fees Budget*
What is your estimated budget for university fees