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Coming Fall 2022

Performance Studies will become part of the School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts in Fall 2022.

Information about the new School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts can be found here.

What is performance studies?

We study and create performance to understand the human experience.

In the Department of Performance Studies, we are interested in what performance reveals about human experience and culture. Our students combine creative practices and scholarly research to know the world better through performance. We study music, film, and theatre, but we also explore other cultural expressions, like rituals, festivals, religious events, public ceremonies, sports and games, dress, tourism, podcasts, dance, and even the ways we behave in everyday life. Students develop analytical, interpretive, and creative skills that prepare them for diverse careers in and beyond the arts.

Why study here?

We are one of the first departments in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate degree in performance studies. Our department is distinctive in its integration of music, theater, and film. Our faculty is made up of performance artist-scholars, film scholars, theater and music historians, ethnomusicologists, composers, and costume and theater designers.

At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, our low student-to-faculty ratio provides you with an individualized, hands-on educational experience.


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Alumni Focus: Brandon Kempf

Posted May 24, 2022

Performance Studies offers endless opportunities and possibilities for the students who choose it as a major, minor, or for graduate study. A passion for the arts flows throughout this department, into virtually everyone who takes part. One of the many inspiring artists who impacted and was impacted by it is Brandon Kempf, who graduated with […]

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Senior Capstones!

Posted May 9, 2022

2022’s PERF 481 capstone class presented eleven projects, ranging from installations to films, papers, performances, lectures, and workshops that focused on identities, cultures, art, and the impact that internal and external factors have on our lives. Two installations elicited nostalgia in their viewers through physical objects and settings: Joshua Carley’s Dear Genius was a walk-through […]

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Alumni Focus: Jacob C. Alford García

Posted May 3, 2022

Focusing on composition and computer music, Jacob C. Alford García (Class of 2008) graduated from A&M with a BA in Music through the Department of Performance Studies. Working closely with professors Andrea Imhoff, Jeff Morris, Martin Regan, and Judith Hamera (who now teaches at Princeton University), Jacob credits his time in Aggieland with launching him on what […]