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Visual & Performing Arts


The Visual & Performing Arts Majors

Art and Art History

Digital Design



The Visual & Performing Arts Major in Art and Art History

The major in art and art history gives a broad-based and focused, historical education in the arts. General history courses in art (i.e. painting, sculpture, architecture and related media), music, film, photography, and theatre are coupled with studio experience.

  • After a course in methodology and art literature, students choose more specific work, not in one discipline, but in one era or period.
  • Courses in art, music, film, photography, theatre and literature (as appropriate to the chosen period) are taken in combination to encourage an informed view of the arts in a given period, such as the Renaissance, the Baroque/Classic, the Romantic, the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and the Modern.
  • A senior seminar with thesis provides students an opportunity to relate in the various strands of their coursework in the arts.

In addition, art and art history majors are required (1) to take two semesters of a foreign language, preferably a language suitable to the student’s chosen period of study, and (2) to attend on a regular basis cultural affairs on- and off-campus: concerts, gallery exhibitions, films, lectures, etc.

The Visual and Performing Arts major in art and art history provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the arts expected of those who work in multi-art positions, such as critics, art coordinators, program consultants or generalists teaching art history at small colleges and schools for the arts. 

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The Visual & Performing Arts Major in Digital Design

The major in Digital Design provides the student with the opportunity to use traditional media such as photography, paint, pencil and charcoal and digital media to produce printed publications, 3D animation and illustration, and web sites. The student will have a grounding in art history to make his or her work intelligent and insightful whether the goal is to produce quality graphic design or fine art.

The Visual and Performing Arts major in digital design provides a professional foundation for work in graphic, web, and publishing design, as well as a foundation for creative work in fine arts. 

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The Visual & Performing Arts Major in Theatre

Supporting and embracing the mission statement of Merrimack College, an Augustinian, comprehensive college, the Theatre Arts major bases its curriculum on a liberal arts foundation while providing students with a series of core theatre courses in various aspects of theatrical art, including history and criticism, literature, performance, directing, design, management and technical production.  

The Theatre Arts major

  • Prepares students for graduate school or professional careers in theatre related professions;
  • Provides students with practical experience in managing an arts organization;
  • Strives for high degrees of excellence and professionalism in its diverse academic and production offerings;
  • Provides group-oriented problem-solving opportunities for students that encourage research, collaboration and cooperation, while also encouraging individuals to realize the importance of self-exploration, self-discipline, and creative expression;
  • Prepares and encourages students to embrace theatrical art as an effective and necessary form of human inquiry, exploration, and critique.
  • Promotes among the local community a greater awareness and appreciation for the role, function, and value of theatre in society.

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The Visual and Performing Arts major in theatre arts provides students with a well-rounded and broad understanding of the field of theatre studies and prepares students for graduate school or careers in theatre related professions.