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Visual and Performing Arts

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Are you ready to take the stage?

You feel that creative drive, the buzz that compels you to get up and dance, to tell a story with images or express your ideas in musical form. Whether your medium is digital arts, metalwork or photography, if you’re a budding playwright or bursting with new melodies to share, this is the place to grow your creative spark into a flame.

Like you, we don’t consider art a hobby. It’s both a passion and a rich, rewarding career. As you study, you’ll have the chance to be a part of award-winning productions at our exquisite Performing Arts Center and display your best studio artwork in our campus galleries.

Student Profile

Honors College Thesis

Under the guidance of internationally renowned professor and composer Michael Lee Ippolito, Texas State music major Kristian Silviano Rodriguez composed an original art song cycle for his honors thesis using exclusively Mexican texts. “Colores Mexicanos: The Mexican Art Song and Setting Mexican Texts to Music,” includes excerpts from 16th-century Cantares mexicanos up to 20th-century poems written in the midst of the Mexican Revolution, all within the framework of a popular Mexican folk song.

Kristian Silviano Rodriguez

Beyond the Classroom

design students working on interior design

Interior Design Students Get Hands-On Experience in Buda

The City of Buda contacted Texas State with a request: help the city repurpose two municipal buildings that would soon be empty. Texas State’s interior design program rose to the challenge.

Behind the Stage of a TXST Theatre Production

Not all learning happens in a classroom. Go behind the scenes of Texas State’s production of Intimate Apparel to see how our theatre students learn through hands-on experience and collaboration with peers and professors.

Kaitlin Hopkins

Kaitlin Hopkins

Head of Musical Theatre

Faculty Profile

Connecting San Marcos Students to Broadway

Kaitlin Hopkins came from Broadway to Texas State with 35 years of experience working in film, television, opera and radio. She’s helped elevate our musical theatre program to national prominence among the best ranked universities.