The Performing Arts degree is a nationally distinctive Bachelor of Arts degree that prepares students for careers in many aspects of the arts, including but not limited to performance, design, arts administration, and arts technologies. The curriculum offers specialized study in music, theatre, and audio technology. In addition to discipline specific concentrations, all performing arts students take classes in performance, production, history, theory, and arts technology. The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is a living performing arts laboratory where visiting artists and industry professionals provide additional experiential educational opportunities for Clemson students. Students may choose from more than 70 minors and select elective courses to tailor their degrees to their individual interests.
The degree is rooted in the liberal arts tradition with specific training in the performing arts. It provides the background for a number of career options or advanced studies such as graduate school, professional internships, and specialized postgraduate training.
The curriculum features a senior capstone project in which students spend a semester of their final year working as a production team-writing, composing, designing, marketing, and performing a final project with a strong service component.
To be considered for admission to this program, students must undergo an interview/audition with the Department of Performing Arts. Please note that students will not be eligible for admission to Clemson University in Performing Arts until this interview/audition is completed. Contact the department for specific requirements.
As a requirement for graduation, all Music Concentration students will be required to demonstrate piano competence equivalent to the 1020 level, and all Audio Technology students will be required to demonstrate piano competence equivalent to the 1010 level.
- Minor Requirement 6 Credits
- Music History Requirement 3 Credits 5
- Elective 6 Credits
1 All six credits of Applied Music must be taken on the student’s primary instrument.
2 Select from MUSC 3610 , MUSC 3620 , MUSC 3630 , MUSC 3640 , MUSC 3690 , MUSC 3700 , MUSC 3710 , MUSC 3720 only. No more than two credits of MUSC 3610 and/or MUSC 3640 will count toward ensemble requirement. All four credits of Large Ensemble must be taken on the student’s primary instrument. Keyboard students must take a minimum of one hour each of MUSC 3230 , applied organ, and applied carillon for three of the four required ensemble credits.
3 Students must complete through 2020 in a modern language. See Modern Languages Requirement at Clemson University statement.
4 See General Education Requirements . Six of these credits must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements.
5 MUSC 3080 , MUSC 3090 , MUSC 3110 , MUSC 3120 , MUSC 3130 , MUSC 3140 , MUSC 3170 or MUSC 3180
Note: As a requirement for graduation, Music Concentration students will be required to demonstrate piano competence at the 1020 level.