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Explore. Create. Design. Perform. Succeed!

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We are a vibrant community of artists, performers, researchers, designers, and educators committed to making meaning, learning, traveling, experiencing, and sharing. We collaborate. We build. We act and play.

We impact lives – your life.

Pursue your passions.

The College of Arts and Architecture offers more than 30 undergraduate and 15 graduate degrees in a resource-rich setting with world-class faculty and facilities, coupled with diverse arts, performance, and design programs, all in one of the Best College Towns in America. Our alumni get amazing jobs and make a difference.

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Engage with the arts!

Penn State Arts and Architecture is a comprehensive college of arts and design, presentation, and performance. Supporting and elevating our extensive academic programs, the college also holds important collections and hosts powerful performances.

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Two groups of visitors gathered around paintings in the Palmer Museum of Art.

The Palmer Museum of Art and the Center for Performing Arts, as well as other A&A engagement units, foster significant partnerships and connections across the University, enrich the student experience, and expand the impact of arts, design, and performance at Penn State and within the broader community.

From welcoming world-class performers and premiere performances to housing globally relevant art collections and featuring contemporary exhibitions, the College of Arts and Architecture marshals the power of art, performance, and design to deeply investigate the most significant challenges of the times. And our invitation is open to all – visit, explore, experience. Engage with the arts!


Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) provides a context, through artistic connections, to the human experience. By bringing artists and audiences together CPA sparks discovery of passion, inspiration, and inner truths. CPA motivates creative thinking and examination of our relationship with the world.


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Explore the Palmer

In addition to its growing collection that spans world cultures and centuries of art, the Palmer Museum of Art – a leading cultural resource for the region – is providing a diverse array of online programming and events, plus virtual tours and exhibitions. It’s a fantastic time to experience the Palmer.


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Alumni Spotlight

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Alumni Spotlight

Phillip Fazio

M.F.A. in Theatre 2020

One week after graduation, Phillip started his new job as Artistic Director of the NorShor Theatre at The Duluth Playhouse. Located in downtown Duluth, Minnesota, the NorShor is a 600 seat performing arts complex with over one hundred years of history as a former movie palace and vaudeville theatre. 

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The student experience matters here.

The College of Arts and Architecture prioritizes experiences inside and outside of the classroom, through opportunities to engage with a thriving arts community.

Engage. Learn. Grow.

Thrive.

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100% of people are creative and have the potential to make massive impact on the world. We are here to help you realize your potential.

Faculty Spotlight

Book cover: The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender
Book cover: The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender

Alexandra Staub

Professor of Architecture; Affiliate faculty member: Penn State Rock Ethics Institute

Sandra Staub’s research focuses on how our built environment shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of culture. As a member of the Department of Architecture’s Culture, Society and Space Research Cluster, Staub has supervised research projects that have examined cultural aspects of housing and urban spaces in countries as diverse as the United States, Russia, China and Iran. Her recent book, “The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender,” looks at modernity in various cultural contexts, how this concept is expressed spatially through architecture and urban form, and how this has affected women in their everyday lives.

Sandra Staub

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Undergraduate Recognition Recital

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Graduate Recognition Recital

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Faculty Recital: Raymond Sage, voice

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Aug 28

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Bach’s Lunch – School of Music Voice Area Noontime Concert Voice Jury Honors

Pasquerilla/Eisenhower Chapel
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Voice Jury Honors Voice students with superlative performances at their end-of-semester performance final sing a program of songs and arias. "Bach's Lunch" is a weekly


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News from A&A

Arts and Architecture summer commencement student marshal announced

Jack Maloney is the College of Arts and Architecture’s student marshal for the summer 2022 commencement ceremony.

Jack Maloney has been selected as the College of Arts and Architecture’s student marshal for the summer 2022 commencement ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 at the Bryce


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College of Arts and Architecture celebrates success in “Greater Penn State” campaign

The College of Arts and Architecture released the final numbers for the record-breaking "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence" campaign.
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Stuckeman School student explores landscape democracy during independent study

Devon Guyer spent six weeks this summer studying representational landscapes and community-engaged design of two parks in his hometown of Philadelphia. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Devon Guyer decided to


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