Image of a performing arts rehearsal space


Villanova offers a number of courses on the study of music and other arts through academic departments such as Theatre, Communications, English, and others, many of which cover core requirements. Please talk to your advisor for additional information.

The following classes are currently offered on a rotating basis. If you are interested in taking a particular course that is not offered regularly, you should let the department know of your interest.

  • SAR 2113: The Charm of Music
  • SAR 2114: Words and Music: The Art of Song
  • SAR 2115: Orchestral Music
  • SAR 2118: The Broadway Musical
  • SAR 2119: Jazz: America's Music
  • SAR 3030: Special Topics in Music (S21 - The Beatles: Song by Song)
  • THE 2034: Musical Theatre
  • COM 3242: African American Performance
  • COM 3243: Performance Art
  • COM 3354: Media Criticism
  • CSC 1043: The Laptop Instrument (Programming & Music Theory)
  • ECE 3230: Signals Lab
  • ENG 2043: Writing about US Pop Culture
  • FFS 3285: French Popular Music, 1950-Present
  • HON 5410: Guitar Class
  • HON 5410: Piano Class
  • HON 5435: Music Theory
  • ITA 2225: Italian Music
  • MSE 2602: Physics: 40% Solution: Light/Sound
  • PHI 4140: Philosophy of Contemporary Music
  • SAR 2009: Sounds of Slavic Spirit

The following classes are currently offered on a rotating basis. If you are interested in taking a particular course that is not offered regularly, you should let the department know of your interest.


  • ACS 1000/1001: Ancients/Moderns (Arts and Culture Learning Community)
  • CSC 1045: Algor, Cartoons, & Animation
  • COM 2240 Theories of Performance Studies
  • COM 3240 Performance for Social Change
  • COM 3241 Performance of Literature
  • COM 3243 Performance Art
  • COM 3247 Storytelling
  • COM 3248 Performance Ethnography
  • ENG 3616: Irish American Drama & Film
  • HON 5300: Learning the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • HON 5400: Dance
  • HON 5400: Mindfulness Meditation
  • HON 5440: Poetry
  • HON 5460: Drawing
  • HON 5460: Painting with Acrylics
  • HON 5460: Painting with Watercolors
  • HON 5460: Photography
  • HUM 2500: History: Imperialism & Humanities
  • SAR 2010: Intro to Calligraphy
  • SAR 2020: Basic Watercolor Techniques
  • SAR 2150: Intermediate Watercolor
  • SAR 2021: Basic Drawing Techniques
  • SAR 2151: Intermediate Drawing
  • SAR 2022: Basic Oil Painting
  • SAR 2023: Basic Acrylic Painting
  • SPA 3764: Drama of Golden Age Spain
  • SPA 3944: Hispanic Pop Culture
  • THE 2019: The Theatrical Experience
  • THE 2021: Theatre in Philadelphia
  • THE 2025: Improvisational Theatre
  • THE 2029: Fundamental Principles of Acting
  • THE 2030: Advanced Principles of Acting
  • THE 2032: Elements of Dance
  • THE 2033: Advanced Elements of Dance
  • THE 2051: Creativity
  • THE 3006: Shakespeare on Stage
  • THE 3007: Playwriting
  • THE 3008: Theatre of the African Diaspora
  • THE 3010: Mindfulness in Action
  • THE 3011: Asian Theatre
  • THE 4011: Directing the Play
  • THE 4014: Women and Theatre

Attention first-year students! Whether you are a performer, an artist, or a lover of the arts, the Communitas Art and Culture Learning Community will help you develop a sense of  citizenship and personal responsibility with a special focus on art, music, performance, and imaginative interpretation.

In this learning community, students explore:

  • Who am I in relation to the arts?
  • Culture through the ages
  • Off-campus performances, museums and art galleries

Students who select Communitas:

  • Live together in a residence hall on south campus
  • Take a specially-designed Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS), a class all first-year students participate in
  • Enjoy unique co-curricular programming
  • Are enrolled in a one-credit Communitas course designed around a specific theme



Over 12,000 music educators have taken our practical graduate music education courses. Beginning in the summer of 2015, University of the Arts (UArts), Villanova's long-time partner and credit grantor, assumed administrative responsibility of the program. Villanova serves as host and liaison to summer resident students and oversees classroom spaces, preparation and hospitality. Our collaboration with UArts is a long-standing partnership that will continue into the future.

For course and registration information, please visit the UArts Summer Music Studies website.

The UArts MM in Music Education is a 33 credit program of study and is designed for music teachers desiring a master of music degree and others interested in studying music education at the graduate level. 

The degree can be completed in as few as 3-4 summers but must be completed within 7 years of matriculation. This course of study is a summer-only Master's degree and does not lead to PDE certification (Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate). 

The curriculum consists of:

  • 12-credit core of courses
  • 15 credits in content coursework (electives)
  • 6 credits final project/thesis

Visit the UArts website for additional information.

Tuition and Pricing:

Contact UArts for pricing information.

Application, Fees and Requirements:

Email Jenny Neff, Director of the Summer Music Studies Program at The University of the Arts.

Students who attended the Villanova Summer Music Program from 1993-present may request transcripts from the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia. Transcript requests carry a fee and must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at UArts. Please call 215-717-6420 for additional information.




Villanova University welcome sign

Already familiar with the area? View the Maps and Directions website

  • Most of our performances as well as the Summer Music Studies program are held in St. Mary's Hall, building number 53 on the campus map. Use the parking lot entrance labeled 'West Campus Entrance'.
  • Some larger events are held in the Villanova Room in the Connelly Center, building number 24 on the campus map.

Student Performing Arts
Ground Floor, St. Mary's Hall

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.