Visual And Performing Arts (V.A.P.A.) Academy

As a Queensborough student you will focus your education in one of our five nationally recognized Queensborough Academies.

Studying in the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy you will learn from professors who are passionate about their subjects – and your future.  The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy allows your artistic passion to thrive and grow into a bright future in the fine and performing arts. Innovative programs in Gallery and Museum Studies, Stage Management and Video or Music Production are just a few examples of promising career options.

Faculty-led experiences such as service-learning, participation in local and regional theatre arts competitions and trips to New York City to attend professional performances will result in a more focused, impactful education.

From the moment you step onto our campus, you are paired with a personal Queensborough Academy Adviser dedicated to helping you reach your academic and career goals. Your Academy Adviser will guide you through course selection, help you understand degree requirements, assist with career planning and support you through your entire time at Queensborough.

Within your Queensborough Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy, you will have the opportunity to connect in-class learning with real-world experiences while receiving the highest quality education in the arts.

Degree Programs

Associate in Science (A.S.)

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Art: Art & Design

A career in Art and Design? Put yourself in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures talents and prepares you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

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Art: Art History

A career in Art History? Put yourself in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures talents and prepares you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

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Dance

A career in Dance? Put yourself in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures talents and prepares you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

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Digital Art and Design

Do you want a career that combines your love of art and your fascination with computers? This program is for you. Gain technical skills, knowledge of current programs used in the design field, and an ability to understand and apply aesthetic judgment to design decisions.

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Gallery and Museum Studies

With the College’s well-known art gallery as your personal "lab," students in this program learn about art administration, conservation and curatorial work. Through a combination of "hands-on" learning and liberal arts coursework, you are ready to continue your education at Queens College in Art History or many other colleges in the metropolitan area.

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Music

A career in Music? Put yourself in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures talents and prepares you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

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Theatre: Acting

A career in Acting? Put yourself in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures talents and prepares you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

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Theatre: Technical Theatre

A career in Technical Theater? Put yourself in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures talents and prepares you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Music Production

This innovative program, the only one of its kind in CUNY, integrates computer, electronic, musical, midi, and "hands-on" recording studio training with classes conducted in technology labs and multi-track recording studios. All students complete a required cooperative internship in a professional recording studio.

Potential Careers / Transfer Paths

What careers can I pursue after Queensborough?

With a degree/certificate from Queensborough Community College, you can achieve extraordinary success in a wide variety of careers. Visit CareerTraQ to get started exploring potential options. Also, visit the Office of Career Services page for valuable resources to aid you in career planning.

Where can I transfer after Queensborough?

Queensborough Community College has transfer agreements with several colleges and universities for you to continue to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in your chosen field. Visit our Transfer Agreements page to learn more.

VAPA Academy Mission

The arts are crucial to the life of a civilized community and a vital component in holistic learning. The values and pursuit of collaboration, creative and abstract vision, self-discipline, striving for growth towards excellence, the steady development of skills, the perfection of expression, an understanding of self, an appreciation of diversity, a fierce curiosity about the world, a foundation of learning in the humanities and fostering a life-long dedication to learning are inherent in the training of the young artist and as such, the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at QCC serves as an important partner in the college’s mission. Students in the VAPA Academy take a broad spectrum of courses, founded upon a core of courses in the humanities and sciences, which are integrated, with courses specific to their concentration in a discipline. The combined influence of studies within the discipline and general studies is profound and far-reaching in establishing a foundation for artistic and intellectual development. A number of courses from each discipline partner in learning communities with courses from outside the program. Required coursework in the arts outside of a student’s area of concentration provides inter-disciplinary perspective and contextual learning. In addition to serving majors, courses from the differing Visual and Performing Arts disciplines serve as humanities electives within the General Education core and support a number of other degree programs with service level courses.

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Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.