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.
Rogers Center for the Arts unveils new alumni pricing, new child pricing, Summer events, and more.
McQuade Library is hosting a display of artwork depicting endangered species of Massachusetts.
In 1992 Steve Gildea, a professor in Merrimack College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, “Planetary Suite” —nine oil paintings representing slivers of the nine planets (at the time).
Laura Moore Pruett
Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Music