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School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Fine Arts 

The Department of Fine Arts prepares students for a career as an educator and/or artist through quality instruction and individualized attention while enriching the campus and community. As the arts center of Northwestern Oklahoma, the department serves to unite and enlighten students and communities through the visual and performing arts. 

We welcome students who are interested in creating music, visual arts, and theatrical productions as a means of enriching their college experience.  The department also offers major areas of study in Music and Speech & Theatre, as well as minors in the visual arts, theatre, music, and musical theatre.

Sing, Act, Play, and Create with us!

Participation Scholarships are available to ALL students:

All Rangers, regardless of major, are eligible for participation scholarships to be involved in any discipline within the Fine Arts. For more info how to enroll and benefit, fill out the "Information Request Form." 

Incoming Major Fine Arts Endowment Scholarships Info:

You can apply for endowment scholarships HERE.  Depending on your major, there will be additional requirements.  Freshmen Fine Arts majors enrolling for fall 2023 are eligible to audition or submit portfolios for departmental scholarships in band, choir and voice, theatre, and/or visual arts. Auditions/Portfolio reviews will be available in person or virtually by appointment or via electronic submission. In order to arrange an audition/portfolio review, contact the appropriate professor over your discipline now for specific audition/portfolio submission details. Alternatively, you may simply fill out the online form on this page, "Information Request Form" and we will contact you. Priority scholarship audition date is Saturday, February 4, 2023. 


Band - Dr. Michael Black,

Choir/Vocal - Dr. Karsten Longhurst,

Theatre -Prof. Kimberly Weast,

Visual Art - Prof. Lars Roeder,


Continuing Fine Arts Student Endowment Scholarships for Majors and Minors:

All continuing students with a major or minor in the Fine Arts are eligible to apply for endowment scholarships. Online applications must be turned in by February 15. Apply for continuing endowment scholarships HERE.


Music - Bands & Instrumental

Music - Choral & Vocal

Speech & Theatre 

Visual Arts Minor


Information Request Form

Fine Arts Student Handbook


Kimberly Weast, MFA
Professor of Theatre Arts
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
Fine Arts 330
(580) 327-8462

Student Spotlight
Sydney Endsley, Meno, Junior

Sydney Endsley

"The theatre program is fun and always exciting. Theatre brings out the creative side in people. Northwestern's program allows you to learn the lights, audio, set design, carpentry, as well as many other things that play a role in bringing a production to life. This allows you to go out into the world with a variety of skills. Anyone can be in theatre!"

Degrees Offered

Music Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A) degree provides a thorough grounding in music while allowing students to also pursue coursework in a secondary subject area such as social work, psychology, business, or many other areas.

  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree prepares students to be performers, studio teachers, church musicians, and for music-related industry or graduate school. This degree does not lead to public school teaching certification.  

  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree in Vocal or Instrumental studies, prepares future educators for a career as a PK-12 teacher in Oklahoma and throughout the country.  Although a music education major may select either a vocal or an instrumental option, the music faculty encourages all students to have experience in both vocal and instrumental music, and strongly suggests achieving state certification in both areas to increase marketability after graduation.  

Speech & Theatre Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Theatre (B.A) degree prepares students for careers in judicial law, human resources, public relations, business, the media, the entertainment industry, professional theatre, community theatre, religious theatre and/or for graduate school. 

Fine Arts Minors:  Minors can accompany and enhance any bachelors degree at NWOSU. 

  • Music Minor is a 21-credit minor that encourages musical involvement and offers flexibility with upper-level course offerings, so students can explore areas of their interest.

  • Musical Theatre Minor is a 21-credit minor that balances music and theatre classes while offering experience in both.

  • Theatre Minor is a 22-credit minor that allows students to explore theatre production, acting, scene design, makeup design, and lighting.

  • Visual Arts Minor is a 21-credit minor that engages students in the visual arts while pursing their major course of study. A minor in Visual Arts prepares students for advanced study in art and for entry into professional artistic employment.

For a detailed look at the course requirements and descriptions for these degrees, please see the Undergraduate Catalog

Course Rotations

Course Rotations


Scholarship opportunities are available for students in this department.

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

Students in this department also may qualify for participation scholarships of up to $2,000.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Departmental Program Highlights

  • Fine Arts InfoOpen to all students regardless of major, and participation scholarships are available up to $2,000
  • No conflict policy for students involved in more disciplines within the Fine Arts
  • 100% music education teacher placement
  • Band options include: Marching, Symphony, Concert, and Jazz
  • Choral and vocal ensembles work with nationally renowned artists through workshops, collaborations and festivals
  • Choirs tour internationally at least once every 4 years
  • Annual musical with open auditions for all majors
  • 4 Main Stage theatre productions, 56 annual concerts and presentations per year
  • Active participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
  • Artist-in-Residency Program brings emerging and established artists from diverse backgrounds to live and create artwork at NWOSU
  • Opportunities to exhibit artwork at the Graceful Arts Center, the historic Runnymede Hotel, and other supportive businesses in downtown Alva
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