The College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) prepares creative individuals to become leaders, professionals and educators through innovative, diverse and collaborative transformative experiences. CFAD serves as the gateway to the university’s cultural life through performances, exhibitions, working studios and outreach programs. Our connection with the greater metropolitan area engages students in the local, national and global arts and design communities.
The College of Fine Arts and Design is a center of excellence for the fine and performing arts, as well as a center of innovation for improving and promoting arts education. Founded in January 2001, the college combines the experience of Oklahoma’s oldest public educational institution with groundbreaking thinking about the role of the arts in the 21st century.
This innovative academic unit of faculty, staff, programs and disciplines has a unique mission and global vision focusing on arts education, arts technology, interdisciplinary programming, arts entrepreneurship and promoting global arts studies not as a distinct subject, but as integral to each discipline. In addition to the Department of Art, Department of Design, School of Music, Department of Theatre Arts and Department of Dance, the college operates a unique Academy for Contemporary Music (ACM@UCO).
College leadership also incorporates a technology office, development office, marketing and communications office, galleries and collections, performing arts facilities and the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education.
The College of Fine Arts and Design nurtures leadership qualities in students, thus expanding the scope and qualities of their career opportunities. The value of creativity, arts literacy, communication, problem solving and discipline in the computer age makes the arts relevant to every field.
The institution’s emphasis is on student-centered education. This commitment to excellence provides students the opportunity to interact and work closely with our more than 100 outstanding full- and part-time faculty members who are dedicated to developing the artist, scholar, educator, citizen and leader as a whole.
With more than 200 performing and visual arts events every year, the college provides students, from a variety of academic disciplines and programs, the opportunity to come together to view exhibits, attend special events, experience performances, take classes and discuss their work, and ultimately learn to both specialize and think from a global perspective.
Among our many goals, the College of Fine Arts and Design strives to leave a lasting impression on the community by promoting cultural awareness through the arts, developing arts education programs and preparing students for a prosperous career in the arts.