The Visual & Performing Arts Majors
The Visual & Performing Arts Major in Art and Art History
The Major in Art and Art History provides students with a broad-based education in the arts. The Major includes general history courses in art (i.e. painting, sculpture, architecture and related media), as well as courses in music, film, photography and theatre, plus studio experience.
After completing required courses in Methodology and Art Literature, students can select a more specific program of study focused on one era or period in art history (e.g. the Renaissance, the Baroque/Classic, the Romantic, the 19th and early 20th Centuries, and the Modern). To gain a more comprehensive and informed view of their chosen period, students will complete a combination of courses in art, music, film, photography, theatre and literature appropriate to their selected period. Students are also required to take two semesters of a foreign language (preferably one suitable to their chosen period of study) and attend cultural events on a regular basis.
The Senior Seminar with Thesis capstone course provides students with the opportunity to combine the various strands of their coursework in the arts.
The Visual & Performing Arts Major in Graphic Design
The Graphic Design Major at Merrimack College offers students a rich blend of art and design history, together with diverse opportunities to develop their artistic and creative expression in both design and the studio arts. Students receive a strong foundation in design thinking, theory, process and practice, along with a background in the Liberal Arts. The program challenges students to learn through research, critical questioning, problem analysis, and the methodologies of the design industry. Students also develop an understanding and working knowledge of current industry-standard technical skills.
The Graphic Design curriculum helps students build their knowledge, year by year, through courses of increasing complexity, as well as internships and opportunities for real-world design practice. In addition, students develop important life skills that will serve them well in any setting including writing, listening, collaboration, self-management, how to make an oral presentation, as well as accountability and responsibility. To satisfy the Major, seniors are required to complete classes in Graphic Design Portfolio, Methodologies of Scholarship in the Visual and Performing Arts, and a Senior capstone project.
The Visual & Performing Arts Major in Theatre
Based on a Liberal Arts foundation, the Theatre Arts Major at Merrimack College provides students with a variety of core courses in the theatrical arts including history and criticism, literature, performance, directing, design, management and technical production. Students gain a well-rounded and broad understanding of the field of theatre studies. The Theatre Arts Major at Merrimack is designed to:
- Prepare students for graduate school or professional careers in theatre-related professions
- Provide students with practical experience in managing an arts organization
- Strive for high degrees of excellence and professionalism in its diverse academic and production offerings
- Provide students with group-oriented problem-solving opportunities that encourage research, collaboration and cooperation, while also encouraging self-exploration, self-discipline, and creative expression
- Prepare and encourage students to embrace theatrical art as an effective and necessary form of human inquiry, exploration, and critique
- Promote greater awareness of and appreciation for the role, function, and value of theatre in society
Laura Moore Pruett
Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Music