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Welcome to the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College!

As one of the oldest public state colleges in Florida, we have a long tradition of excellence. Here you will find a student centered environment with career and vocational opportunities in music, theatre, and the visual arts. We offer a complement of courses consistent with the first two years of most baccalaureate degrees. After completing a two year curriculum, most students transfer to earn their bachelor’s degree in music, music education, art, art education, and/or theatre. Additionally, we invite students of any major to participate in any ensembles, productions, classes, etc. You are sure to be a part of an outstanding program and make lifelong friends! Even if you are not directly participating in our programs, I hope to meet you at one of our Fine and Performing Art events.

If I can help in your educational goals, please feel free to contact me anytime. I would welcome the opportunity to give you a personal tour of our facilities and programs to find your place in the arts!

Evelyn Ward

Director, Fine and Performing Arts


Mission and Goals of the Department


The Fine and Performing Arts Department of Chipola College seeks to heighten awareness and appreciation of the fine and performing arts among its students, faculty, staff and the community, and to provide a solid educational foundation for students pursuing careers in music, art, and theatre. It does so in a belief that the arts are essential to the learning experience, to fostering self-expression and creativity, and to celebrating the cultural heritage of past, present and future generations.


The primary goal of Chipola College is to offer artistic, musical, and theatrical experiences to all students so that they may develop a lifetime involvement in the arts and to prepare students for careers in art, music, and theatre.  A secondary goal is to support the cultural life of Chipola’s servicing district by producing or sponsoring fine and performing art programs.


Why Study Fine and Performing Arts at Chipola College?



         Student Centered

         Quality Driven


Center for the Arts

         New 50,000 sq ft. state-of-the-art performing arts center

         655 seat proscenium theatre

         Experimental theatre for alternative productions/performances

         Art Gallery featuring professional and student works

         Dance Studio

         Stagecraft opportunities

         Annual Artist Series featuring professional touring groups

McLendon Fine Arts Building

         Individual practice rooms with pianos

         Private teaching studios

         Keyboard/Computer lab for independent study of theory, ear-training, and piano skills

         Student Art Gallery

         Study Room/Listen Lab

         Comfortable Student Center


         College Chorus

         President’s Music Ensemble

         Community Chorus

         Rock and Jazz Band

         Show Choir

         4 Theatre Productions each year

         Student Art Shows


         Fine Arts Faculty and Staff

         Course Syllabi

         Academic Plans

Music Program

Theatre Program

Visual Arts Program


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