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Arts NC State

The six visual and performing arts programs of Arts NC State - Crafts Center, the Dance Program, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, the Music Department, NC State LIVE and University Theatre – provide opportunities for our students and our community to explore, learn, create, and grow. Whether through academic courses, cutting-edge performances and exhibitions or the preservation of traditional crafts, Arts NC State educates our students for the 21st century while providing a living link to our rich cultural heritage. For additional information, please visit the ARTS NC STATE website.

The Crafts Center

Explore your creative side. The Crafts Center provides NC State students with a comprehensive range of offerings including both classes and studio use. We are a place where creative skill and self-expression are fostered through the making and sharing of art and craft. Our facility houses studios supporting pottery, photography, wood, jewelry/metals, fibers, glass, lapidary, art-on-paper and even bike repair. Whether used for personal expression or in support of academic projects, our studios are well-equipped with cutting-edge technology. We are a place for making things.

Professional staff and crafts instructors provide quality technical advice and materials support. Mentorship thrives at the Center. With the intent of enhancing the quality of life, the Crafts Center reaches out through academic collaboration, support for student life, and partnerships with other arts organizations. Participation in associated crafts guilds that routinely meet at the Crafts Center provides NC State students a creative platform within the University and beyond.

For answers to your questions about the Crafts Center, please call 919.515.2457 or visit the Crafts Center website for our upcoming programming, calendar information, map & directions.

Dance Program

The NC State Dance Program gives students the opportunity to study dance through direct experience in choreography and performance.The program’s two student companies, the NCSU Dance Company and the Panoramic Dance Project, are open by audition.A vast array of classes, offered through the Master Class Series and the African Dance Master Class Series, are open to all NC State students, faculty and staff.

The Dance Program provides a rich training ground for choreographers through the study of composition, independent study, and guided choreographic projects. The Dance Program provides a creative environment rich in imagination, reflection, and the embodiment of ideas.As undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in various fields, the dancers at NC State bring their diverse insights and experiences into the artistic process and contribute meaningfully to the art. The Dance Program’s three annual concerts are described below:

  • The Dance Program Fall Concert: The Fall Concert features the choreography of current students who create work through independent study and through teacher guided, student choreographed collaborative projects (the Movement Studies Project and the Identity Projects); choreography by alumni; professional and other special projects. Both the NCSU Dance Company and the Panoramic Dance Project are represented on the Fall Concert.
  • NCSU Dance Company Concert: Nationally acclaimed by the American College Dance Festival Association, the NCSU Dance Company performs a distinguished collection of modern dance for their annual concert. The program features premiere and repertory work created by the dance program directors and invited guest artists. 
  • Panoramic Dance Project Concert:For their annual spring concert, the Panoramic Dance Project performs a diverse range of dance styles, including modern, jazz, hip hop, African and Latin in choreographic work by the director, invited guest artists and student company members.

For more information, please contact 919.515.7034 or visit the Dance Program website 

Gregg Museum of Art & Design

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design is NC State’s collecting museum. It houses more than 32,000 examples of contemporary and historical ceramics and textiles, glass, furniture, photography, paintings and sculptures, ethnographic, folk and outsider art, and works on paper from every continent. These holdings augment an ongoing series of changing exhibitions, support university curricula across a wide range of course subjects, and enable direct research with significant objects. The Gregg's collection, exhibitions, publications and programming provide the NC State community and the public with unique access to work in all these media.

At present the Gregg Museum is temporarily sited at 516 Brickhaven Drive (near J.C. Raulston Arboretum) while ongoing fundraising and subsequent construction lead toward completion of its new galleries and storage facility near NC State's Memorial Bell Tower.

Meanwhile, its exhibitions are presented in a variety of other venues on campus and in the surrounding community. To locate these, schedule tours or class visits, or to make arrangements to use the permanent collection, please call 919.515.3503 or visit the Gregg Museum online. Student internships for course credit are offered each semester.

Music Department

The Music Department offers both performing ensembles and academic courses for the music minor program, GEP and elective credit. Four minor emphases are offered: (1) Performance, (2) History, (3) Liberal Arts, and (4) Composition. The Department is also the first in the nation to offer a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship.

Academic courses include the History and Theory of Western Art Music, special topics such as Women in Music and Introduction to African American Music, and Introductory Music Appreciation courses. For full descriptions of the academic courses, consult the Music Department's page in the NC State University Course Catalog. Contact 919.515.2981 or visit the Music Department's website.

  • Performing Ensembles. A wide variety of performing ensembles provide opportunities for students to develop both artistically and intellectually through applied music. Through performance, the ensembles play an important role in campus life, presenting public concerts and performing at official functions (both on and off campus) and athletic events. Performing ensembles receive one academic credit that may be used to satisfy free elective requirements in any academic major. Membership in all ensembles requires an audition with the instructor. See the Music Department's website for audition information.
  • Choral Ensembles. The Choral program offers students from all academic areas an opportunity to participate in the exploration and performance of the highest quality choral repertoire from all eras. The ensembles include State Chorale, Men’s Choir (Singing Statesmen), and Women’s Choir (Vox Accalia). Performance highlights have included concerts every semester, tours and occasional collaborations with other ensembles.
  • NC State Pipes and Drums. Students may learn to play the bagpipes, an instrument known to many of North Carolina’s earliest settlers, in order to represent the University through this unique and distinctive medium. Pipes, drums, and other equipment are furnished. Beginning pipe and drum lessons are available to students without previous experience.
  • Orchestras. The Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra combine student and community musicians with professional leaders to present concerts of innovative programming on campus and in other Triangle area venues. Area professionals serve as concertmaster, principal cellist, and guest coaches, to provide high-level instruction and leadership to community and student players. Both orchestras are on the same artistic level and require an audition with the conductor.
  • Athletic Bands. The Marching Band (Power Sound of the South) is active during football season, and the Pep Band is active during basketball season. Students must audition for a band and will be placed according to their ability and interest.
  • Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble meets both semesters. Students must audition for the ensemble and will be placed according to their ability and interest.
  • Jazz Ensembles. The jazz program includes Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II and Jazz Combos. The jazz groups perform both on and off campus during the fall and spring semesters. Students must audition for a jazz ensemble or combo and will be placed according to their ability and interest.
  • Piano. Beginning piano classes are offered to students from all academic areas for credit. No previous experience is required. Honors sections of class piano are available for beginning piano students who are music minors, or who qualify by departmental approval. Applied lessons are offered to advanced piano students who have passed an audition and are admitted to the music minor program in piano performance.
  • Voice. A Vocal Techniques class is offered to beginning voice students for credit with instructor approval. Previous voice study is not required. Applied voice lessons are offered to advanced voice students who have passed an audition and are admitted to the music minor program in vocal performance. 

NC State LIVE

Experience amazing performers from around the world! A typical NC State LIVE season features outstanding artists from a wide range of disciplines, including jazz, world music, modern and contemporary dance, drama and comedy. Discounted tickets are available to NC State students, faculty, and staff, as well as parents of current NC State students and members of the NC State Alumni Association. Contact: 919.513.3030 or visit the NC State LIVE website

University Theatre

University Theatre is the university’s volunteer student theatre, open to all NC State students. In main-stage shows, the summer TheatreFest, and other special productions, students present theatrical works that tell stories from different perspectives and in varied genres: classics and new works, comedy, drama, musical productions and more.

Participating both on stage and behind the scenes, students become part of the campus theatre community, learning new skills in the costume or scene shops, exploring their creativity in classes and workshops, developing new talents and finding new friends. Student theatre organizations include the honorary theatre fraternity Alpha Psi Omega. 

University Theatre offers a minor in theatre, and academic classes open to all students in acting, directing, introduction to theatre, and all areas of technical theatre, including stagecraft, costume, make-up, lighting, and scenic design.  Contact: 919.515.2405 or 919.515.3927 or visit the University Theatre website

Ticket Central

Ticket Central serves as the centralized box office for the visual and performing arts programs at NC State. Ticket Central tickets events in a variety of performance venues including Titmus Theatre, Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, and the Talley Student Union. In addition to serving the six Arts NC State programs, Ticket Central provides ticketing services on a fee basis for many campus and community organizations. 

The box office is currently located in the main lobby of Thompson Hall. Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday Noon-6 PM. If there are performances during the week, the box office will remain open until curtain. On weekends with performances, the box office will open one hour prior to curtain. Hours vary during University holidays and during the summer. Tickets may be purchased in person, over the phone by calling 919. 515.1100, or online by visiting the Ticket Central website

Executive Director

Richard Holly
Executive Director


NC State LIVE

Sharon Moore
Director


The Crafts Center

George Thomas
Director


Dance Program

Robin Harris
Director


Gregg Museum of Art & Design

Roger Manley
Director


Music Department

Dr. Tom Koch
Interim Director


University Theatre

John McIllwee
Director


Ticket Central

Katherine Fuller
Director


Arts Development

Jill Orr
Director


Arts Marketing

Christy Rain
Interim


Arts Outreach

Amy Sawyers
Coordinator for Arts Outreach