ACADEMICS

  • Map Your Path to a Rewarding Career
    in Visual and Performing Arts

    Located in the vibrant arts community of Worcester—and just an hour from Boston and Providence—the Visual and Performing Arts Department has established relationships with arts organizations that offer exciting hands-on opportunities for your arts knowledge and training. Studying to become a docent at the Worcester Art Museum is just one example of the numerous internship opportunities through which you can sharpen your skills and gain valuable professional experience and contacts. This is why 83% of respondents to a survey of 2015 graduates said that they either agree or strongly agree that their academic program prepared them for employment.  

    Sample Internship Sites

    • The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
    • Titanic Theatre Company
    • Worcester Art Museum
    • Worcester Center for Crafts

    Whether you choose to enter graduate school or the workforce after graduation, you will have the interdisciplinary arts foundation and practical experience you need to succeed. In fact, 91% of 2015 graduates who responded to the survey reported that they are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or both. A bachelor's degree in visual and performing arts enables you to earn a median annual salary that ranges from:

    Our graduates have gone on to advanced study in fields like music production, costume design, and art. Others are pursuing careers in performing arts venues and museums. Through our dual major in visual and performing arts and education, many graduates pursue careers as teachers in the arts.

    Other Sample Careers

    • Actor
    • Art director
    • Arts educator
    • Arts administrator
    • Costume designer
    • Lighting technician
    • Museum docent, curator, director
    • Music composer or producer
    • Musician
    • Sound engineer
    • Stage manager