Programs in the visual and performing arts at Southeast are challenging and intellectually stimulating and represent the kind of educational experience that talented students expect, desire and deserve. The faculty in these programs are accomplished artists who have performed throughout the United States and abroad, gaining recognition in China, Japan, England, Germany and other international venues. In addition, they are learned scholars who have studied at such prestigious institutions as the Juilliard School, Tulane University, Smith College, Michigan State University, Cornell University, the University of Notre Dame, Washington University, the Paris Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music.  And our expertise extends well beyond college students. 

The Holland School at River Campus offers exceptional learning experiences to the next generation through summer academy programs. At Southeast, you receive a comprehensive, liberal arts education as well as rigorous training in the visual and performing arts no matter the age. 

Art Scholarships

Theatre & Dance Scholarships

Art Student


If your enthusiasm is sparked by art, then Southeast is a great place for you to begin your formal education. A major or minor in art can provide you with a variety of career opportunities in business, industry, museums, galleries, education and the arts. Your educational experience is heightened by the exciting new facilities that are available at the new River Campus—including graphic design studios and labs for creative workspace, new kilns and much, much more. For those interested in teaching the next generation of aspiring artists, Southeast offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. This allows you to become certified to teach art at the high school level in grades 9-12. For those interested in pursuing a career as an artist or in going into other aspects of the art field, we offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.

Student with Violin


The Bachelor of Music in Performance has instrumental and vocal options and while studying at Southeast,
you may perform with ensembles including the University Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Southeast Missouri State Marching Band in addition to a variety of chamber groups.

The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, recognizing our program as one of the best in the nation. We offer a variety of degree programs to prepare you to teach, perform or compose music. Each has a strong element of performance experience, and our music education programs allow you to experience the classroom atmosphere very early in your studies. Southeast ensembles have a tradition of touring and performing throughout the state.

In May 2009 Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra the traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, China, on its first ever international concert tour. In addition, the Southeast Missouri State Marching Band is only the second American university marching band invited to perform in the prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Studying music performance at Southeast prepares you for auditions at the finest graduate schools, conservatories and studios in the country. As a music education major, you may choose between instrumental and vocal music options. The Bachelor of Music Education degree allows you to be certified to teach music in kindergarten through grade twelve. The program is strongly field-based providing many "real world" teaching applications. Students with a more general interest in music also may choose from the Bachelor of Arts in Music, a degree ideal for those who wish to go into music business, copyright law or another type of graduate study, as well as the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Performing Arts and the Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre.


Theatre & Dance

The Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast offers intensive professional training for students seriously considering a career in the performing arts. From lively musicals to contemporary and classic comedies and dramas to film projects to exciting concert dance productions, Southeast’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance offers students the chance to experience the electrifying world of performing arts. You have the chance to be a part of some of the finest professional quality undergraduate theatre and dance productions in the entire Midwest; see what Theatre/Dance is offering this season!

Southeast offers many performance opportunities for undergraduate students. Equipped with an impressive portfolio of experiences, our graduates have gone on to work in on- and off-Broadway productions, and have had work and internship opportunities with such companies as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Santa Fe Opera, as well as major cruise lines and theme parks and film and television companies. In addition, our graduates have gone on to some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the country including those at Northwestern University, The Juilliard School, The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, Michigan State University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Our programs are filled with the rigorous instruction and challenging classes needed to prepare you for a variety of careers in the theatre, dance, film, and television. If you are an artist with the desire to make a living in this industry, then Southeast is the perfect place for you to study.



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Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts
One University Plaza, MS 7895
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701