Performing & Visual Arts Majors RAP Fall 2014

This RAP will give you the structure and support to succeed as artist AND scholar! 

This RAP is designed for 36 first-year students who have been admitted as Art, Art History, Architecture, Dance, Music, and Theater majors.   

When you join this RAP you will...

  • You will take classes with others in the RAP, connect easily with classmates for study groups, class projects, and related assignments.
  • You will begin your academic career in an environment designed to foster your creative endeavors and develop your academic skills. 
  • You will be part of a small community on a large campus.

As an artist, designer, or performer, your success is often the result of both individual effort and creative collaboration. Students in visual and performing arts majors tend to have rigorous schedules filled with hours of required practice and studio time thus making it difficult for them to join most RAP offerings. However, this RAP was designed with these considerations in mind, attending to the particular needs, goals and schedules of aspiring artists!   

Students in the Performing and Visual Arts RAP will live together in the Central area of campus.  Living with students in related majors will enable students to be on similar schedules for study, class and recreation.

Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 

*** Please note *** 

Due to the complex nature of course scheduling within these majors, you may find that you are unable to participate in this RAP. This will be clarified during your academic advising meeting when you are on campus for New Student Orientation. 



Fall 2014

ALL students in the Performing & Visual Arts RAP will enroll in the following classes:

"RAP Seminar"- (1 credit)


"College Writing" -English Writing 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015 

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small Gen Ed classes offered in each residence area.


Students will live together in Van Meter Hall in Central area of campus.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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