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Are you a musician, an actor, set designer, painter, a bluegrass fiddler, an animator, a sculptor? Whatever your means of artistic expression, we have a home for you in the Fine & Performing Arts Scholars Program of our Honors College at East Tennessee State University.

The Fine & Performing Arts Scholars Program at ETSU is a unique approach to educating artists of the 21st century. The program is designed to support an interdisciplinary group of student artists who will share the experience of learning about the arts together. Students will share your artistic endeavors and part of their coursework with other arts scholars. Students will work closely with exceptional faculty artists in a variety of areas. Through a unique Roving Artist’s program, students be challenged to assist in projects across the university campus and region>.

As a Fine & Performing Arts Scholar at ETSU, the choice of your major degree is not limited but you must complete at least a minor program of study in the arts.  The Arts Scholars program requires participation in additional courses and that scholars remain in good standing with the program; please review our policies on Participation in the program is dependent on Scholarships and Satisfactory Academic Progress. Fine & Performing Arts scholars must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 every semester.

The following describes the Fine & Performing Arts Scholars curriculum:

  • Each semester, students must participate in a minimum of 10 hours of community service either on or off-campus. The Director of the program will approve the choice of service, although we hope students consider art-related service activities.
  • As a Freshman, each student will enroll in Artistic Vision I (3 credit hours), a special interdisciplinary arts course in the Fall semester, and Artistic Vision II (3 credit hours) in the Spring semester.
  • Every semester through the senior year, each FPA student in a 1-credit hour course each semester called the Honors Colloquium. Here students will learn to share their experiences, learn new skills for how to survive as an student, and work with others to develop new projects. You will be taking this class with students from other programs in the Honors College, helping to develop an even deeper interdisciplinary approach.
  • As a Sophomore and as a Junior, students will enroll in our Roving Artist course (2 credit hours) in the Spring semester. Here students join with student colleagues to design, construct and perform projects across the university campus and local community.
  • As a Senior, students will work toward completion of their capstone senior project, including a written component (Senior Honors Thesis - 6 credit hours, taken over two semester) and a public presentation.


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USPS Mailing Address:
Fine & Performing Art Scholars
The Honors College at
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70589
Johnson City, TN 37614-1708

Phone: 423.439.7507
Fax: 423.439.6080
email:  arts.scholars@etsu.edu

Street Addresses of The Honors College offices:
  Administration: Yoakley Hall, Room 129
161 S. Dossett Drive
University & Midway Scholars: Ada Earnest House
310 S. Dossett Drive
Honors-in-Discipline Programs: Yoakley Hall, Room 206
161 S. Dossett Drive
Fine & Performing Art Scholars: Yoakley Hall, Room 206
161 S. Dossett Drive
Undergraduate Research: Yoakley Hall, Room 129
161 S. Dossett Drive
International Programs & Services: Yoakley Hall, Room 122
161 S. Dossett Drive