College of Visual and Performing Arts to split into two colleges
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College of Visual and Performing Arts to split into two colleges

Belmont will be splitting the College of Visual and Performing Arts into two separate colleges, according to an email from Provost Dr. Thomas Burns on Wednesday morning.

The separation — which will go into effect on Aug. 1 — will create two new colleges. The College of Music and Performing Arts will include all music, theater and dance programs. The O’More College of Architecture, Art and Design will house architecture, art, fashion, interior design and design communications.

“By moving our new architecture program — along with our established design majors — into their own college, we can more clearly define goals and develop a world-renowned brand for these exciting new areas on our campus,” said Dr. Fisher in a press release.

“Furthermore, this move enables the newly named College of Music and Performing Arts to cement its reputation as one of the nation’s leading educational homes for students passionate about music, music education, theatre, dance, music therapy, music performance and so much more.”

Dr. Stephen Eaves, the current dean of CVPA, will be the dean of the College of Music and Performing Arts, and Belmont will immediately begin a national search for the dean of the O’More College of Architecture, Art and Design, according to the email.

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Contributing reporting from Marissa Avnaim. 

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