Department of Visual and Performing Arts

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts is a combination of the Art Program and the Music Program.

The Art Program

Through a faculty of practicing professional artists, the Art Program stimulates the creativity of its students while increasing their awareness of the concerns basic to all visual arts. Survey courses in the History of Western Art support this course of study. The program provides the student with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of art making. This foundation prepares the student for specialized training at a professional school or to enter graduate school to pursue a career in the fine arts or museum studies.

The art student is provided with experience in a wide range of traditional art materials, tools and techniques while also being introduced to basic photography and computer technology.

By the completion of the major, the art student will have a thorough understanding of the visual elements and be able to make educated choices about their use within the context of visual design and composition problems in both the graphic arts and the fine arts. Also, the art major will be able to draw and paint the human figure and create an illusion of space and form with the use linear perspective. In addition, the art student will have an understanding of the development of the Western Artistic Tradition from cave painting to present day which includes a grasp of the influence of African Art on contemporary art and an awareness of the contributions of African American artists to the development of American Art.

The Art Program offers an art education major for those art majors who wish to be certified to teach in Mississippi. Principles of Art Education (ART 301) with a prerequisite of Art Appreciation (ART 101), is designed specifically for elementary education majors and others who plan to work with children.

The program also aims to contribute to the General Education program of the college by permitting students to elect Art History and studio courses provided they meet the prerequisites, and by presenting lectures, gallery talks and exhibits. Majors must prepare a senior essay which reflects a scholarly approach to investigation, development and presentation of the chosen topic. It is strongly recommended that students choose electives which will help them develop skills in written and oral communication.

Majors must prepare a senior essay which reflects a scholarly approach to investigation, development and presentation of the chosen topic. It is strongly recommended that students choose electives which will help them develop skills in written and oral communication.

The Music Program

The Music Program provides pre-professional studies for students who wish to major in music in a liberal arts setting. The curriculum includes Applied Music, Opera Workshop, Performance (piano and voice), Music Theory, Music History, Music Literature and Music Education (including classes in instrumental methods and materials). Within the program, students from across the campus may participate in the Tougaloo College Concert Choir and its Ensembles as well as the Instrumental Ensemble. The Music Program provides for the cultural and aesthetic enrichment of the College and surrounding community through its instructional programs, lectures, concerts, and recitals.

Department Contact

Jesse Primer
Department Chair
Instructor of Music
   601-977-7896
   jprimer@tougaloo.edu