What makes the College of Visual and Performing Arts stand out?

The College of Visual and Performing Arts prides itself on the combination of artistic and academic excellence across all of the arts disciplines.
Instruction combines traditional forms and approaches with the latest in technology applications to best prepare students for the challenges and expectations that await them in their careers as artists, designers, scholars, educators, therapists and arts-related professionals.

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What is a Highlander?

A Highlander is a fearsome, strong, and proud individual. And, Radford University is proud to serve as home to nearly 12,000 Highlander students with a national network of nearly 100,000 Highlander alumni.  

At Radford, we are defined by our close-knit and caring community.  If you are looking for a supportive environment with world-class faculty and caring staff defined by one-of-a-kind experiences and interactions, Radford is the place for you!

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A Look at Campus

Covington Center

McGuffey Hall

Porterfield Hall

Peters Hall

McConnell Library

Heth Lawn

Student Plaza

The Clocks

The Fountain

Highlander Statue and Bench

Young Hall

Dedmon Center

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Mashail Alghamdi Debuts at New York Fashion Week 2018

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Radford University: Responsive. Resilient. Real.  

Radford Gives Back During the MLK Day of Service, 2020

Encouraging Faculty Advice for Incoming Students

Radford University: A Beautiful Place to Learn

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In the News

  1. Dance concert to showcase honors capstone choreography »


    Senior dance majors Keagan Vickers and Andrew Danaceau are preparing to showcase everything they’ve learned during their studies at Radford University on February 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. The two seniors are organizing the Honors Capstone Dance Concert at the Albig Studio Theatre in Peters Hall.    

  2. Alumna’s art selected for $35K purchase »


    An original 4’x 6’ drawing by Tina Butterfield ‘07 was recently purchased by the state of New Mexico for $35,000 and will be permanently displayed in the Hobbs Allied Health Nursing Building at New Mexico Junior College.


  3. Highlanders bring holiday cheer to Roanoke Symphony Orchestra »


    The Highlanders Pipes and Drums joined the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and over 250 performers onstage for the annual Holiday Pops Spectacular with over two hours of holiday favorites, carols and original material.

  4. Governor allocates $101 million in proposed budget for new building at Radford University »


    Earlier today, Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed 2020-2022 Biennial Budget was released with allocations of additional funding for various entities, including Radford University.

  5. Radford University earns STARS silver rating for campus sustainability practices »


    Radford University’s campus sustainability initiatives have received a green thumbs up!


  6. U.S. News & World Report highlights Radford University’s commitment to innovation with a significant rise in national rankings »


    Radford University advanced closer to the top of the list in the 2020 Best Colleges rankings in U.S. News and World Report. Radford University comes in at No. 12 for Top Public Schools – Regional Universities South, up from No. 18 last year.

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