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UCO College of Fine Arts and Design Expands Educational Offerings with Innovative New Programs

Aug. 10, 2015

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752,


As the job market continues to transform, so do the degrees offered through the University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD).           

CFAD will introduce a new Bachelor of Arts and minor in arts entrepreneurship as well as four new minors in music and dance and six new majors in the Master of Music program when the fall semester begins Aug. 17.           

“The addition of these programs keeps Central at the forefront of current and cutting-edge art degrees with innovative and creative educational offerings unlike any other in the state or even the national level,” said Charleen Weidell, M.F.A., CFAD assistant dean.           

According to Weidell, the B.A. in arts entrepreneurship will prepare students to undertake entrepreneurial business endeavors in the arts, whether that applies to managing developing artists or leading and operating visual and performance related outlets.           

Students will have the opportunity to select a track within the disciplines of the college — art, dance, design, theatre arts and music. While taking classes in the selected track, students also will take classes in leadership, communication, marketing, accounting, public organization and others.           

“Students will receive the educational benefits and creative problem solving of a business degree fused with specialized training within the arts,” added Weidell.           

Fine art and design classes, whether taken at Central or another accredited two- or four-year college or international equivalent, can transfer into the new program with university approval.

“This degree broadens art-related career options available to students, as do the new minor and master’s programs,” Weidell said.           

CFAD’s four new minors include contemporary music performance, contemporary music production, contemporary music business and dance.           

The new Master of Music majors include collaborative piano, piano performance, piano pedagogy, vocal performance, musical theatre and vocal pedagogy. These majors complement the existing majors in composition, conducting, music education, instrumental performance and jazz studies.           

For more information about all degrees offered within the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, visit