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The College of Arts and Architecture - Visit Day - November 12, 2018

Interested in design, visual or performing arts?  Consider the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State! Our performance, design, and visual arts programs are among the best in the country, and you’ll have a chance to learn more about them at our visit day. 

Penn State currently offers 16 undergraduate degree options in architecture, landscape architecture, art history, graphic design, music, musical theatre, technical theatre, dance, acting, and visual arts. Students in the College of Arts and Architecture are part of a dynamic and vibrant community where they gain the skills and experiences needed for productive and rewarding professional careers. 

The day is designed for you to get a taste of what it’s like to be a Penn State student and be part of the College of Arts and Architecture family. Hear from current students, tour studios, and interact with faculty. It’s your chance to discover the arts at Penn State.

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Schedule of Events

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM:
Check-In (Check-In)
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM:
Dean's Welcome and Admissions Information (Welcome Presentation)

Join us for a brief welcome, opening comments and an overview of the admissions process.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM:
Graphic Design (and studio tour) (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

Graphic design gives form to innovative concepts and products and visualizes solutions for today’s complex and pressing problems. Designers no longer simply create pleasing visual communications; they develop strategies and tactical approaches to serve the needs of business and industry, on time and within budget. Our graduates currently hold positions of leadership in design studios, advertising agencies, and corporate in-house design offices globally where they produce a full range of graphic design, including branding, packaging, print, motion graphics, and web design.

School of Theatre (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

The School of Theatre offers exciting and competitive degree programs in several areas of theatre. The goal is to educate and train talented, self-confident, collaborative, active, and knowledgeable contributors to the professional theatre. With Fine Arts degrees in musical theatre, stage management, design and technology, and a newly created Fine Arts degree in acting, our undergraduate programs give students hands-on intensive experience to develop into successful graduates. For students who might be interested in both theatre and another major at Penn State, our Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies allows students the flexibility to incorporate a theatre degree into their other intended area of study.

Visual Arts (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

The School of Visual Arts (SoVA) invites you learn about our various academic programs (Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Interdisciplinary Digital Studio), and tour our facilities and studios.


2:15 PM - 3:30 PM:
Architecture (and studio tour) (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Penn State's five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture program prepares students to contribute in innovative ways to the practice of architecture. Our century-strong traditions of drawing, model-making, community outreach and service learning, and hands-on construction prepare our students to explore innovative models of architectural practice as well as to engage non-traditional means of building delivery, such as design-build and digital fabrication. All fourth-year students study abroad at our Rome, Italy program located in the Piazza Collegio Romano.
Landscape Architecture (and studio tour) (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

Change your world at Penn State with a well-rounded education from a top-ranked design program. We develop leaders who do great work grounded in social and environmental good. Landscape architecture is place-making: designing something that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, socially conscious and environmentally responsible. It goes beyond gardening to encompass urban planning, design of multi-use transportation corridors, and restoration of natural places.  Our goal is to produce leaders capable of effectively addressing the complexity of global environmental, social, and aesthetic issues. The curriculum exposes students to state-of-the-art digital technologies, approaches to environmental and urban revitalization, and includes a semester studying abroad in Germany focused on sustainable design and living.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM:
School of Theatre - Theatre Arts Production Studio (TAPS) Tour (Tour)

The Theatre Arts Production Studio (TAPS) offers a behind the scenes look into the world of theatre magic. TAPS is the home of the School of Theatre’s state of the art production facilities including full service, paint, wood, metal, properties, and costume shops. Staffed year round by experienced craftsman, TAPS offers students hands-on experience in construction and fabrication of theatrical goods, be it costumes, props, or scenery. In addition, also located at TAPS is the theatrical rigging and automation laboratory, the only one of its kind in the country! An extensive lab that gives students a chance to practice theatrical rigging and automation techniques used in theatres around the world.

School of Theatre Lighting Lab (Tour)

The Penn State School of Theatre Lighting Lab is one of the most advanced labs for the study of theatre lighting in the nation.  With dedicated seating for 25 students, it is essentially a small black box theatre with flying truss, backdrops, stock scenery, and a full stock of conventional and LED fixed-focus lights, LED color changers, and moving-head intelligent fixtures.  The lab has a dedicated computer board and power tie-in to allow for the use and demo of new fixtures.  The lab is used exclusively by the Lighting program for classes, lighting design & technology projects, and as a test location for students developing lighting designs for our production season.  Recent donations of equipment from ETC, Bandit Lights, & City Theatrical have allowed us to expand the capabilities of the lab to give each lighting student unprecedented opportunities to hone their craft.

School of Theatre Sound Lab (Tour)
The Convergence Lab is a full time teaching and student accessible space used for the teaching of sound design and engineering, electronic music, projection design, and show control.
The lab has two different complete sound systems installed for classroom and student use  — one for live sound and one for multichannel networked audio playback. The lab's inventory of equipment and technology dedicated solely to classroom use is as large as most training program's entire inventory.
As the teaching and learning space for one of only three sound design programs in the world that offers a class in show control — the engineering and design principles behind controlling the biggest spectacles and theme parks in the world — the lab serves as the development and testing ground for the School of Theater's bi-annual Haunted House project.