College of Visual and Performing Arts
College of Visual and Performing Arts

John O'Connell,  Dean

Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

  • Office: Visual Arts Building
  • Room: VA102
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm

  • Phone: 260-481-6977
  • Fax: 260-481-6707
  • E-mail:

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Art and Design | School of Music | Theatre

Where Talented Students Flourish

College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) offers world-renowned Purdue University degrees in fine arts, music, and visual communication and design; theatre to more than 600 arts majors and minors. At Purdue Fort Wayne, students with a love for the arts and commitment to succeed come together in a supportive and exciting learning community to prepare for their future. A flexible curriculum and caring faculty encourage students to achieve their dreams.

Visiting Artists

Purdue Fort Wayne students interact with world-renowned visiting artists such as actors Henry Winkler, Marlee Matlin, Alfree Woodard, James Earl Jones and B.D. Wong; film director Neil LaBute; artists Cheech Marin, Douglas Baldwin, Fred Fenster, and Lisa Dinhofer; photographers David Hume Kennerly and Douglas Kirkland; and musicians Carlos Audi, Tom “Bones” Malone and David Baker.  Guest artists regularly perform with music ensembles and exhibit their works in the Visual Arts Gallery.


VPA Departments sponsor trips to Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York City and other arts centers to expand student's experience with a wide variety of theatre performances, music concerts and gallery exhibitions. Music ensembles tour nationally; theatre students attend regional conventions and travel to New York City, London and Paris; and art students travel nationally and internationally to explore art museums, exhibitions and international cultures.

Local Arts Experiences

Students also learn from artists exhibiting at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Artlink; from music concerts by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Embassy Theatre and the Heartland Chamber Chorale; and from theatre and dance performances at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Arena Dinner Theatre, First Presbyterian Theater, the Fort Wayne Ballet,and the Dance Collective.


Students have ample opportunities to gain valuable work experience through internships, which enhance student resumes and employment opportunities. Teaching experience is also available for students through the University's Community Arts Academy, where art, music, theatre and dance are taught to students in pre-K-Grade 12. Art and music education students obtain experience through student teaching in K-12 schools under the supervision of teaching professionals.

New Programs

VPA thoughtfully develops new programs to meet the needs of students. Through the generous support of Sweetwater Sound Inc, the Department of Music has announced a new program in music technology.  The Purdue Fort Wayne Sweetwater Music Technology program offers students the chance to learn recording arts, digital sampling, mixing, live sound, and music composition using the latest technologies in Purdue Fort Wayne’s music technology facility.  This unique partnership with one of the country’s leading music technology companies allow students to learn at the side of professionals in their field and participate in internships at Sweetwater.


Each year, approximately 20% of VPA students make the dean's list (3.5 GPA or higher), and 12 attained a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in Fall 2009.

Student Life

Oversees all of the student organizations on campus.

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Art and Design | School of Music | Theatre