• Horn students rehearsing in band.

    Pursue your passion

    94% of fine arts classes will be in person this fall.

  • Daniel Gayden holding drum sticks across his chest in front of drums.

    Music is a vessel for social justice

    "It isn't enough to just create for self-fulfillment, but it is our obligation as artists to depict the society around us."

Where passion meets practice

Western Michigan University's College of Fine Arts is a place where everyone knows your name and you can make a name for yourself. 

Our programs can truly be what you need for your own personal artistic goals. 



  • Choir students hold books of music and sing in an auditorium.

    The innovative, interactive "Choir for Good" virtual concert weaves together music and social justice—an effort to give back while also giving students a meaningful experience in uncertain times. In order to ensure the safety of students, Kimberly Dunn Adams, director of choral activities, divided her classes into eight smaller chamber ensembles. Each group was given a different repertoire and charged with researching the composer, text and historical context of each piece. They then identified a societal issue connected to the piece—topics like hunger, racism, LGBTQ+ equality and access to clean water—and a nonprofit organization to highlight.

  • Students dance in a studio.

    The pandemic thrust the world into a new era of digital connection, from remote work and virtual learning to family gatherings via computer screen. The evolution of communication in the pandemic inspired assistant professor Kelsey Paschich's piece "Recode," which she choreographed for Western students to perform at the annual Winter Gala Dance Concert.

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