The ARTS at Merrimack
The arts are fundamental to human experience. From prehistoric cave painting to digital drawings, from Medieval chants to modern pop music, from ancient Greek tragedies to the Broadway stage, all cultures have used the arts to declare their presence, define their aesthetic, understand their place in the world and find answers to the deepest questions.
The courses offered by the Visual & Performing Arts Department at Merrimack College are designed to immerse students in a rich, shared cultural tradition, unlock their creative potential, develop their analytical and performance skills, and prepare them for professional life or further study. Upon completion of a major in the Visual & Performing Arts, the student will be able to:
- Critically analyze and evaluate scholarly materials and/or works of visual and performance art
- Work cooperatively, effectively and creatively with his or her peers
- Learn from his or her own intellectual and creative experiences
- Communicate effectively in written and oral form
We believe that these can be invaluable assets in any career.
Many students come to Merrimack with a passion for a specific art form. Some discover theirs while they’re here. Our integrated approach to the Visual & Performing Arts is designed to nurture those passions, provide the knowledge and skills students will need to follow them wherever they may lead, and help students realize the fundamental benefits of an arts-centered life.
The Visual and Performing Arts Majors
Click on the links below to learn more about each Major.
The Visual and Performing Arts Minors
There are seven Minor programs available: Art History, Graphic Design, Interdisciplinary Film Studies, Music, Studio Art, Theatre Arts, and Visual Storytelling. Click on the links below for the requirements to complete each Minor.
Nathaniel Vilandre ’16 of Shrewsbury, Mass., will be Merrimack College’s first theater major to direct a full-length play, when a cast and crew from the Visual and Performing Arts Department perform playwright Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” at the Rogers Center for the Arts March 10-12.
Merrimack College’s Michael Semonelli ’17, of Wilmington, Mass., is a theatre major who has made the regional finals in the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1 competition at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. and will compete Saturday Jan. 30 for a chance to go to the national competition. Semonelli started in a pool of 230 actors before making it to the semi-finals with 35 others and then the finals, said the Rev. Richard Piatt, OSA.
About a dozen Merrimack students from the theater department are scheduled to hold a rehearsal that’s open to the public and college community Sunday at 4 p.m., before heading to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1 competition at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. Jan. 26-31.
Laura Moore Pruett
Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Music