FROM THE PRESIDENT
It’s time to unveil yet another signature achievement for Georgia State University.
The new College of the Arts begins operations on July 1. With dean Wade Weast at the helm, the college joins the university’s 10 other degree-granting colleges, schools and institutes to become a premier destination for students seeking a serious arts education in a vibrant downtown setting.
By establishing the college, we are fulfilling another key goal in the university’s long-term vision by elevating Georgia State’s creative achievements to a new level. The College of the Arts includes the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design; the Center for Collaborative and International Arts; the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music; the School of Film, Media and Theatre; and the School of Music.
Offering 20 top undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs in art, design, music, film, theatre, digital media and more, the College of the Arts connects students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene, cultural organizations, and booming film and music industries. In the leading cultural and economic center of the Southeast, students and faculty enjoy direct access to opportunities with the city’s nonprofits, galleries, museums, alternative art spaces, businesses and growing $7 billion film industry.
In response to the changing needs of today’s artists, the College of the Arts also combines first rate instruction with training in entrepreneurship and the latest digital technologies. Setting Georgia State apart from most other schools, this blend of craft and business ensures students have everything they need to pursue dynamic, successful careers in the arts, whether as artists, performers, creative specialists, or savvy business and management professionals.
Few schools can match the College of the Arts’ extensive connections either. With links to arts communities and institutions across the U.S. and around the world, our renowned faculty and alumni artists create myriad opportunities for students and the university at large, not just in Atlanta but in New York, Los Angeles and beyond,
Drawing from Atlanta’s eclectic culture and rich supply of award-winning ensembles and institutions, students and faculty team up with countless organizations, such as the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, Living Walls, Theatrical Outfit, and Woodruff Arts Center. Along with its own Kopleff Recital Hall and Welch School Galleries, the college also works closely with the Rialto Center for the Arts, downtown’s leading venue for arts performances and independent film screenings.
The arts have always been a vital and important element of our university. With the establishment of a new college, we are giving them even greater prominence, celebrating their contributions to our cultural and artistic vitality, and opening a dynamic new community gateway to the university.
Mark P. Becker