Center for Creative and Entertainment Arts

The Center for Creative and Entertainment Arts offers academic and research opportunities, provide workforce development, and foster entrepreneurship in the arts and entertainment industries. The development of the Center aligns with the VSU strategic plan and emphasizes the pursuit of “Preeminence with Purpose,” through the creation of improved synergies with existing academic programs and expanded offerings in the creative and entertainment arts and sciences.


The Center for Creative and Entertainment Arts at Virginia State University seeks to assess the current and future state of the Music and Entertainment Industries through the development of innovative student-centered programming and research. Additionally, the Center seeks to actively promote and advance the knowledge of Black and African American artistic traditions and its contributions to the national and international artistic and entertainment industries landscape.

Degree Program

Degree Type

Mass Communication


Media Management


Music, with concentrations in:
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Vocal Performance
  • Keyboard Performance
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Sound Recording Technology

B.M., B.A.

Sport Management


Health and Physical Education, with minors in:
  • Dance
  • Sport Management


Visual Arts, with concentrations in:

  • Studio Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation


Trojan Entertainment, Arts and Media (TEAM) Lab

To train future leaders within the creative and entertainment industries, the Center has developed the Trojan Entertainment, Arts and Media Laboratory (TEAM Lab). As a student interdisciplinary arts/management project, the goal is to promote student excellence, leadership, skill-based knowledge acquisition and to encourage community building. The key is to present students with teaching and learning experiences that foster opportunities to explore a variety options and career paths that are aligned with their strengths and interests.

The TEAM Lab creative management and entrepreneurial venture seeks to provide university students opportunities to see first-hand the daily intricacies of the arts and entertainment industries. This integrated curricular approach builds on a communal foundation of inclusiveness wherein student interaction with peers as well as university faculty and staff are valued.

VSU Strategic Plan Alignment

Priority 2: Academic Excellence
Objective 2.2: Implement leadership programs that promote civic engagement and prepare globally competitive leaders and scholars.
  • Facilitate, and promote student opportunities to engage in leadership development programs, career readiness programs and impactful internships.
  • Increase the number of students participating in national, and international internship and experiential learning activities.

Priority 3: Student Experience
Objective 3.1 Implement student support and co-curricular programming that fosters student success, civic engagement and a culture of global and servant-leadership.

  • Develop innovative co-curricular support services and educational activities to support the needs in each academic department.
Equip and provide undergraduates with leadership skills and experiences.

1. Infusing leadership competencies throughout the VSU curriculum