New Student FAQ

Can I take Art & Art History, Dance, Design, Music and/or Theatre classes as a non-major?

Yes. There are many. See list below. However, if you have a strong interest in a certain area, we urge you to speak to an advisor in that area and consider a minor (if available), since it will improve your chances of getting into certain classes.

If I’m not a major, can I audition for:

Music Ensembles?

Yes. Auditions for music ensembles are in September. See the ensemble audition requirements.

Theatre productions?

Yes. Auditions will be advertised on the call boards outside PAC 395 (Theatre/Dance Dept. Office) and on the Theatre/Dance website and Facebook page. Technical volunteers are also welcome. Inquire at the Theatre/Dance office (PAC 395).


There are a variety of options to audition for dance productions as a major or non-major, including the twice-annual Cabaret variety show. Check the Dance Auditions page for upcoming opportunities.

Can I take studio art classes as a non-major?

Typically, no. The studio resources are limited, and the discipline is resource intensive. A minor is offered in Art History. No minors are offered in Art Education or Studio.

Can I take Design classes as a non-major?

Design 111 and 211 are open to non-majors because they are also GURs. All other courses require major status. There is a User Experience (UX) Design Minor via the Engineering Technology Department.

What other opportunities are there for me to participate in the arts?

Associated Students Clubs has more than 30 clubs for “Arts, Music & Dance.” There are also clubs for Stage Combat, Dramatic Writing, and Capoeira Club (to name a few) not listed in that category. See AS Clubs for more information.

Do you have information about post-graduation employment?

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project survey report gives an overview of data from several higher education institutions: SNAAP Data Report

What classes are offered for non-majors?


Art 101 (Glass Blowing I); Art 109 (Visual Dialogue); Art History 220 (Visual Culture in Ancient Greece/Rome); 221 (Visual Culture in Medieval Europe); 230 (Visual Culture in Western Europe 1400-1550); 231(Visual Culture Western Europe 1500-1700); 240 (Visual Culture Western Europe 19th Century); 241 (Visual Culture Western Europe/America 20th Century); 270 (Visual Culture in South and Southeast Asia); 271 (Visual Culture in East Asia)


Some courses are available on a space-available basis. Others, such as DNC 232 (Movement and Culture), fulfill a GUR requirement.  Courses such as “open ballet” and “open modern” do not require any previous experience. See advisor.


Design 111 and 211 are open to non-majors because they are also GURs. All other courses require major status.


101, Fundamentals of Music (priority given to music majors); 104, The Art of Listening to Music; 105, Survey of Popular and Rock Music; 202, Jazz: Genesis and Evolution; 205, Survey of Non-Western Cultures; ensembles (via audition)

Private lessons: if someone is not a music major or minor, private lessons are available on a space-available basis, and with an audition. Please speak with the instructor or area coordinator well in advance. Note that there is an applied lesson fee for these courses.

It may also be possible to take lessons on a more informal basis (not for-credit) from a music student. Rates are variable.


Many Theatre courses at the 100 and 200 level are open to non-majors. Please contact advisor for more details.

Where can I find more about advising and admissions?

Are there Fine and Performing Arts clubs on campus?

There are more than 30 non-department clubs. See Associated Students Clubs category “Arts, Music & Dance.” Some departmental clubs will involve non-majors, non-minors, etc. Check with the individual department. You can also search terms like “Theatre” to find, e.g. “Viking Radio Theatre Club” and “Stage Combat Club.”

Social Media Links

Visit the Western Washington University Social Media Directory to find all the official social media for College of Fine and Performing Arts and departments.


Introduction to College of Fine and Performing Arts PowerPoint


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