The College of Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) promotes a lifelong relationship with the arts that enhances, challenges and inspires both the individual and the community.


The CFPA offers hundreds of performances, presentations, and exhibitions each year featuring the talents of our students and faculty, special guest lecturers, professional performers, and visual artists. These include many of our successful alumni who return to share their expertise with our students to prepare them for their own careers.


We provide our students with rigorous visual and performing arts education. Our students, faculty, and alumni are recognized nationally and internationally.


The generosity of friends of the CFPA has made a invaluable impact on our students and the community we serve. Gifts fund:

  • professional performances and exhibitions open to the public
  • crucial K-12 education outreach
  • scholarships for students in all our departments
  • academic programming, including
    • clinics
    • masterclasses
    • guest lecturers
    • student travel
    • faculty professional development
    • symposia


The goal of the College of Fine and Performing Arts is to nurture a comprehensive understanding of the languages of Movement Art, Visual Art, Theatre Art and Music in order to create thinking artists and artistic thinkers who will shape and translate global culture in the 21st century.


To fulfill this mission, the College of Fine and Performing Arts aims:

  • To maintain a viable connection with the liberal arts tradition of the university.

  • To equip students with the creative and intellectual tools necessary for success in the arts.

  • To enable students to value, understand and challenge traditional concepts.

  • To maintain an environment that supports diversity, reflection and dedication to creative pursuits.

  • To promote critical thinking, innovative ideas and active arts leadership.

  • To provide world class and multicultural experiences in the arts for both students and members of the community.

  • To prepare students for a dynamic, lifelong relationship with the arts.

Support the College of Fine and Performing Arts today. Click on the departmental buttons below to learn more about the departments within CFPA.

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Outdoor Sculpture Collection Challenge
The first $7,000 raised for the Western Gallery has been matched dollar for dollar to support educational materials for WWU’s renowned Outdoor Sculpture Collection. This challenge has been issued by a generous donor so we can expand and enrich the community access to this incredible public resource.
$1,350 MATCHED
Top Five Fundraisers!
The WWU Alumni Association has rewarded the top five areas that secured the most donors on MAY 28 with a bonus of $1,000 each! Congratulations to our winners!
Rank Prize #WECARE Donors
1 $1,000 Student Emergency Fund 199
2 $1,000 Men's Rowing 174
3 $1,000 Ice Hockey 151
4 $1,000 Cross Country & Track and Field 101
5 $1,000 Marketing Program 87
Whatcom Educational Credit Union Challenge
Now that we have reached $100,000 in dollars raised, a $5,000 gift from Whatcom Educational Credit Union has been unlocked!
$100,000 / $100,000 Raised
Whatcom Educational Credit Union Stretch Challenge
Now that we have reached $300,000 in dollars raised for WWU Give Day, ANOTHER $5,000 gift from Whatcom Educational Credit Union has been unlocked because WE CARE about WWU student success.
$300,772 / $300,772 Raised
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