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Where passion meets practice

Have you wanted to give yourself the time and space to find your inner voice and explore your passion? To surround yourself with supportive people who push you to try harder? Western Michigan University's College of Fine Arts is a place where everyone knows your name, and you can make a name for yourself. This is your opportunity.

  • I am very thankful for the community that WMU dance has with both faculty and students. Everyone in the program is always there for you, will check up on you, and will push you to be the best version of yourself. I am forever thankful for the friendships that I've been able to make with people in the department, and I know that they are strong because of the way we build each other up in class.

    Emily Hill, Dance major

  • I was drawn into the program because of the training and opportunities for all students. Knowing that they don’t treat freshmen any differently when it comes to casting or anything else was very inspiring. I felt like I could establish myself and be somebody here.

    Greg Miller, Acting major

Life on campus

From seeing a performance to meeting your friends for chicken chili at Sprau, there is always something to do on campus. On-campus housing includes traditional residence halls, apartments and living styles in between! You may choose to live with other artists in the Fine Arts House or you might find your home in the Spectrum House learning community.

Students smiling outside of the Richmond Center

There are so many ways to get involved.

Alumni stories

  • Erzsi Bernath

    This University gave me the bravery, tenacity, and knowledge I needed for the working world. Thanks to WMU I was able to do it successfully with integrity, grace, and eloquence that I did not have before my degree.

    — Erzsi Bernath, 2017 Dance

    Learn more about Erzsi

  • Scott Jacobs

    Western's theatre program has a lot of people go on to do great, great things. I still keep in touch with a fair amount of them who came out here to pursue their dreams.

    — Scott Jacobs, 2003 Theatre

    Read about his work on WandaVision

  • Kaitlin with her guitar during therapy.

    Kaitlin Ridgway

    Western Michigan University's program was really great because it provided so much close-knit community between the music therapy program and the music school, but also with the professors.

    — Kaitlin Ridgway, 2018 Music Therapy

    Kaitlin works with Hospice of Michigan

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