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Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) is a historic, student-friendly and community-focused institution of higher learning. Reflecting on its heritage as a historical black college and university (HBCU) and a traditional 1890 land-grant institution, AAMU functions as a teaching, research and public service institution, including extension. Founded in 1875 by a former slave, Dr. William Hooper Councill, AAMU is a dynamic and progressive institution with a strong commitment to academic excellence. The serene, intimate campus is situated on “The Hill,” only a short distance from downtown Huntsville, the site of the school’s founding.

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University provides more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs and concentrations, a diverse international faculty, 50 plus student organizations, and an extensive alumni network comprised of politicians, educators, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, authors, artist, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage.

The Department of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts is composed of three Undergraduate programs: Visual Arts, Performing Arts (Music), and Communications Media and one Graduate program: Communication Specialist. Each program’s curricular offerings are designed to yield a graduate who is ready to compete in today’s marketplace or to enter graduate school for advance study and perfection of artistic talents.

In addition to the degree-granting programs, the Department is host to many organizations, events, and activities.

The VPCA serves every undergraduate student who attends the University. General education courses include Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, Film Appreciation, and Theatre Appreciation.

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