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Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship & Research

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Interdisciplinary Visual & Performing Arts 

Worcester State University has had a thriving arts program—previously available only as a minor—for many years. Resources include studios, computer labs, and music practice rooms with a broad complement of musical instruments. In recent years, our resources have been upgraded to include:

•  an expanded applied music program
  the opening of a large University art gallery
  new studios for painting, sculpture, printmaking, and digital arts
  a newly renovated theatre with state-of-the-art scene and 
    costume shops

  an innovative alliance with the Worcester Center for Crafts

Our faculty are professionally-accomplished practitioners in their fields and are active at regional, national, and international levels. We initiated and manage the annual professionally-juried Worcester University Consortium Student Art Exhibition. We have participated in and conducted ambitious Consortium music productions at Mechanics Hall.


Our students and faculty have a strong presence in the arts community. Our studio art students compete successfully in regional juried exhibitions. Music students are active in public performances both at home and abroad. Our theatre students compete in national conferences such as the KCACTF (Kennedy Center American University Theater Festival). 


Our many on-campus events, musical and theatrical performances, art exhibitions, and visiting artist and artist-in-residence lecture series are popular destinations for professional, academic, and community audiences.


Our Interdisciplinary Visual & Performing Arts major lets you choose your area of concentration from art, music, or theatre.

  • The art concentration offers courses in design, digital art, drawing, integrated media, painting, printmaking, and sculpture to provide the technical skills and concepts that form the basis for expression in visual art.
  • The music concentration focuses on performance skills, music theory, and music history, leading to musical literacy as well as expertise in a particular instrument or voice.
  • The theatre concentration builds skills and expertise in acting, design, directing, and stagecraft, applying those to departmental and self-generated productions.

We continue to offer a minor in art, music, or theatre.


Curriculum & Courses

·         Major in Visual & Performing Art

·         Major in Art

·         Minor in Art

·         Major in Music

·         Minor in Music

·      Major in Theatre

·         Minor in Theatre

·         Visual and Performing Arts Course Descriptions 

                                ·         Art Course Descriptions
                                ·        Music Course Descriptions
                                ·       Theatre Course Descriptions

Degree Completion Samples
     Visual and Performing Arts


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Phone: 508-929-8145



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