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Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Fine and Performing Arts

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Morgan State University is a vibrant and exciting part of the College of Liberal Arts. Located in the Carl J. Murphy Center Fine Arts Center (pictured above), classes and performances take place in this state-of-the art facility. Performance spaces include the Gilliam Concert Hall, Turpin-Lamb Theater, Recital Hall and the Outdoor Amphitheater. This facility also houses the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in which faculty and student, as well as guest artists, works are displayed.

Future Bears whose majors (and minors) are Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts will find that our faculty and learning spaces are integral to their development as they pursue careers as arts educators, administrators, leaders, performers, innovators and more.




Greetings and welcome to Morgan State University's Fine and Performing Arts Department! 

Our department is made up of three different majors which include Fine Art also known as Visual Arts, Music and Theater Arts. I am continually astounded with the talent that Morgan State University attracts and this especially includes the expertise of our department faculty.

Over the years, I've often said that, despite the size of our department of about 100 students, our graduates have gone on to do more in the professional field of fine and performing arts than students who have attended larger schools of music or international conservatories.

Currently, we have at least 7 alumni singing in the most famous opera house in the world, the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. Our graduates are pursuing careers as music educators and touring the world as musicians, artists, and members of respected ensembles such as the U.S. Navy Band. The works of our Fine Art students are often compared to the so-called professional schools in Baltimore like the Mike Marin Institute College of Art. A degree from our theater program will arm you with tools to become a professional performer as our graduates frequently perform on tour nationally and internationally with established and self-made theatre companies as well as reoccurring roles on national television series.

We have a world-class faculty that cares deeply for students. I am excited that you have discovered this National Treasure and are considering the next phase of your academic development with us. I submit to you that you will not find a better educational value in the state of Maryland, or even the entire country than Morgan State University.


Dr. Eric Conway




Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Arts


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Fine Art



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The students who succeed in our programs are creative individuals who are self motivated to be disciplined and responsible. Some private study in the given art form is desired (not required) with demonstrated skill proficiency. In order to thrive in a creative arts career whether as an artist, educator, or arts leader one must be committed to consistent practice to attain mastery of their craft. Creative thinkers develop into problem solvers who are accountable to their peers and able to work collaboratively with other artists to execute work and meet deadlines. 

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