ACADEMICS

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Aligning itself with the evolving needs of the current arts world, Worcester State University offers its visual and performing arts students a Major in Interdisciplinary Visual and
    Performing Arts, one of the few interdisciplinary arts majors in the country. With this major, students go beyond the regular art, music and theatre coursework to understand
    the larger world of visual and performing arts. WSU’s VPA major allows students to gain an interdisciplinary view of the arts while also gaining an in-depth knowledge of their
    preferred art form. This interdisciplinary approach teaches students how to use one art form to inform the other.

    Students who select a VPA Major also select a concentration in Art, Music or Theatre. Core courses promote critical thinking, and prepare students intellectually and creatively
    Visual and Performing Arts, Interdisciplinary to complete their capstone/senior thesis projects and launch careers in the arts. Students apply their coursework to the production, performance, and critical study of creative work through a multitude of exhibit and performance opportunities.

    Double Major – VPA and Education
    Worcester State University also makes available a double major in elementary education and the arts for students who want to teach the arts. Students fulfill Education requirements and VPA requirements with a concentration in Art, Music, Theatre, or Visual and Performing Arts. (See below)

  • Requirements for a VPA Major – Foundation Courses

    Minimum requirement for the major is completion of a three course (9 credit) Foundation curriculum, a three course (9 credit) Interdisciplinary Core, and 27 credits in one of three concentrations. Students will declare a concentration in Art, Music, or Theatre.

    Interdisciplinary Foundation Courses
    Foundation in Art (3 credits)

    • AR 113 World Art Survey II OR
    • AR 100 Cross Media Studio

    Foundation in Music (3 credits)

    • MU 100 Music Fundamentals OR
    • MU 101 Fundamentals of Music and Aural Skills for music concentrators OR
    • MU 102 Applied Music OR
    • MU 115 Music Appreciation

    Foundation in Theatre (3 credits)

    • TH191 Introduction to Theatre

    Interdisciplinary Core Courses

    • VP 200 Critical Thinking in the Arts (3 credits)
    • VP 300 Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar (3 credits)
    • VP 400 Arts Capstone/ Senior Thesis (3 credits)

    Foundation and Core Total 18 credits

     

    Visual and Performing Arts Major – Concentration in Art

    Based on an interdisciplinary arts foundation with music and theatre, the Art concentration offers a program in the creation of visual art augmented by studies in art history. Courses in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital arts, and integrated media provide the technical skills and concepts that form the basis for expression in visual art. Existing within the interdisciplinary major, the Art concentration presents extensive involvement in studio art while encouraging creative thinking and artistic production that are informed by and sometimes created with the performing arts of music and theatre.

    In addition to the three Foundation courses and three Interdisciplinary Core courses students will complete nine courses (27 credits) including:

    • AR 100 Cross Media Studio 3 credits or AR 112 World Art Survey I (3 credits)
    • AR 140 Drawing I (3 credits)
    • AR 117 Visual Design: 2-Dimensions (3 credits)
    • AR 122 Visual Design: 3-Dimensions (3 credits)
    • AR 113 World Art Survey II (3 credits)
    • AR 225 Art Since Mid-Century (3 credits)
    • Additional AR courses* (9 credits)

    Concentration Total 27 credits
     
    Major Total 45 credits
    *With advisement, electives within a concentration may be selected from the other disciplines. For a description of required and elective courses see requirements for a concentration in Art, Music, and Theatre.

    Visual and Performing Arts Major – Concentration in Music

    Based on an interdisciplinary arts foundation with art and theatre, the music program offers courses in performance, history and theory of music. It also offers applied music lessons in voice, saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trombone and more. Students are provided with opportunities to perform in ensembles plus take a wide variety of classroom courses to enhance musical understanding and literacy, and how they apply to the larger world of the visual and performing arts.

    In addition to the three Foundation courses and three Interdisciplinary Core courses students will complete 18 credits of courses, lessons, and ensemble (or 17 credits if Class Piano is taken) including:

    • MU 101 Fundamentals of Music & Aural Skills (3 credits)
    • MU 205 Music Theory I (3 credits)
    • MU 281 Music History I (3 credits)
    • MU 282 Music History II (3 credits)
    • MU 102-202-302-402 Private lessons 4 credits (four semesters @ 1 credit each)
    • Ensemble (2 credits)
      (credits earned after completion of four semesters of ensemble participation)
    • MU 190 Class piano (unless proficient) (1 credit)
    • Additional MU courses* (8 or 9 credits)

    Or, if MU101 Fundamentals of Music & Aural Skills is taken as Interdisciplinary Foundation

    • MU 205 Music Theory I (3 credits)
    • MU 210 Music Theory II (3 credits)
    • MU 281 Music History I (3 credits)
    • MU 282 Music History II (3 credits)
    • MU 102-202-302-402 Private lessons 4 credits (four semesters @ 1 credit each)
    • Ensemble 2 credits
      (credits earned after completion of four semesters of ensemble participation)
    • MU 190 Class Piano (unless proficient) (1 credit)
    • Additional MU courses* (8 or 9 credits)

    *With advisement, electives within a concentration may be selected from the other disciplines. For a description of required and elective courses see requirements for a concentration in Art, Music, and Theatre.
    Concentration Total 27 credits
    Major Total 45 credits

    Visual and Performing Arts Major – Concentration in Theatre

    Based on an interdisciplinary arts foundation with art and music, the theatre program offers courses in acting, theatre history, theatre for young audiences, stage combat, design and performance. Mainstage productions are produced on a regular basis with at least three productions per academic year. Each is realized in a fully equipped theatre with state-ofthe-art
    lighting and sound equipment. Advanced students are encouraged to stage their own laboratory shows and also to intern with local theatre companies. The theatre faculty teaches interdisciplinary courses with faculty from Art and Music.

    In addition to the three Foundation courses and three Interdisciplinary Core courses students will complete nine courses (27 credits) including:

    • TH 275 Introduction to Stagecraft (3 credits)
    • TH 245 Acting I (3 credits)
    • TH 355 Theatre Practicum (3 at one credit each) (3 credits)
      and one of the following:
    • TH 360 Scene Design for Theatre (3 credits)
    • TH 370 Costume Design for Theatre (3 credits)
    • TH 390 Lighting Design for Theatre (3 credits)
    • Additional TH courses* (15 credits)

    Concentration Total 27 credits
    Major Total 45 credits

     
    *With advisement, electives within a concentration may be selected from the other disciplines. For a description of required and elective courses see requirements for a concentration in Art, Music, and Theatre.

    Visual and Performing Arts and Elementary Education – Double Major

    Students who double major in Elementary Education may concentrate in Art, Music, Theatre, or Visual and Performing Arts. They will fulfill the Interdisciplinary Foundation and Core requirements plus requirements in their concentration for a total of 36 credits.

    Emphasis in Art for Students who double major in Elementary Education

    Interdisciplinary Foundation and Core requirements 18 credits plus

    • Art History (3 credits)
      AR 112 World Art Survey I (unless taken for foundation)
      Or
      AR 113 World Art Survey II
      Or
      AR 225 Art Since Mid-Century
    • Studio Art (9 credits)
      AR 140 Drawing
      AR 117 Visual Design: 2-D
      AR 122 Visual Design: 3-D
    • Art Pedagogy (3 credits)
      AR 260 Visual Arts in the Schools
    • Electives in Art (3 credits)

    Concentration Total Credits: 18
    Major Total Credits: 36

     
    Emphasis in Music for Students who double major in Elementary Education
    Interdisciplinary Foundation and Core requirements 18 credits plus

    • Music Theory (3 credits)
      MU 101 MU 101 Fundamentals of Music &
      Aural Skills (Unless taken as foundation)
      Or
      205 Music Theory I
    • Music Literature (3 credits)
      MU 115 (Unless taken as foundation)
      Or
      MU 281 Music History I or
      Or
      MU 282 Music History I I
       
      Applied Music (Lessons and Ensembles) (3 credits)
       
    • MU 190 Class Piano (1 credit)
      MU 195 Class Guitar (1 credit)
      Or
      MU 102/103 Private Lessons at 1 Credit Each (2 credits)
      Participation in two Ensembles at .5 Credits Each (1 credit)
    • Music Pedagogy (3 credits)
      MU 237 Music in the Elementary School
    • Electives in music (6 credits)

    Concentration Total 18 Credits
    Major Total 36 Credits

     
    Emphasis in Theatre for Students who double major in Elementary Education

    • Visual and Performing Arts Pedagogy (12 credits)
      AR 260 Visual Arts in the Schools
      MU 237 Music in Elementary Education
      TH 290 Theater for Young Audiences
      TH 292 Creative Dramatics
    • Electives in Art, Music, Theatre, andVisual and Performing Arts (6 credits)

    Concentration Total 18 Credits
    Major Total 36 Credits

     
    Emphasis in Visual and Performing Arts for Students who double major in Elementary Education

    • AR 260 Visual Arts in the Schools (3 credits)
    • MU 237 Music in Elementary School (3 credits)
    • TH 290 Theatre for Young Audiences (3 credits)
    • TH 292 Creative Dramatics (3 credits)
    • Electives in Art, Music, Theatre, and Visual and Performing Arts (6 credits)

    Concentration Total 18 Credits
    Major Total 36 Credits

     

  • Minors in Visual and Performing Arts

    Minors in Art, Music, Theatre Recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of the arts and how the arts often integrate into and enhance students’ study in other disciplines such as criminal justice, communication, business and psychology, the Visual and Performing Arts Department offers minors in its three disciplines of Art, Music and Theatre. A minor in the arts allows students to further explore and develop their affinity for the arts and their artistic talents. (See below)

  • Minor in Art
    As an art minor, students sharpen visual perception, deepen their understanding of art history, and learn technical skills and concepts to further student appreciation and creation in the visual arts. Courses in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital arts, and integrated media provide the technical skills and concepts that form the basis for expression in visual art. Interdisciplinary courses relate the visual arts to the arts of music and theatre, in both contemporary and historic periods.

    Requirements for a Minor in Art

    18 credits in art related courses, including a minimum of three credits in art history and at least one art course at the 300-level.
    Minor in Music

    As a music minor, students complete courses in the performance, history, and theory of music, and also in applied music. Students must audition for applied music spots. Students are provided with opportunities to perform in ensembles as well as take a wide variety of classroom courses to enhance musical understanding and literacy.

    Requirements for a Minor in Music:
    18 credits in music with 3 credits are required in each of the following:

    • Music Theory (MU 100 Music Fundamentals or MU 101 Fundamental of Music and Aural Skills or MU 205 Harmony I)
    • Music History (MU 115 Music Appreciation or historical period courses)
    • Applied Studies (private lessons or ensembles)
    Minor in Theatre

    As a theatre minor, students complete coursework in theatre history, theatre for young audiences, costume and set design, and performance. Mainstage productions are produced on a regular basis with at least 3 productions per academic year. Each is realized in the fully equipped Fuller Theater with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Advanced students are encouraged to stage their own laboratory shows and also to intern with local theatre companies. The theatre faculty teaches interdisciplinary courses with faculty from art and music.

    Requirements for a Minor in Theatre
    18 credits comprised of the following courses:

    • TH 191 Introduction to the Theatre
    • TH 245 Acting I
    • TH 275 Introduction to Stagecraft and Design
    • TH 321 Rehearsal and Performance
    • Two additional 3 credit theatre course
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