| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Visual and Performing Arts
The boundaries between art, music, and theatre are blurring. More artists are using the arts in combined ways to create modern and profound works. Worcester State University’s Interdisciplinary Visual and Performing Arts major aligns itself with this evolving trend, offering one of the few interdisciplinary arts majors in the country. Students enrolled in this major go beyond the regular art, music and theatre coursework to gain a larger and well-rounded view of the world of visual and performing arts. The major allows students to obtain an interdisciplinary view of the arts while also acquiring 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 visual and performing arts major also select a concentration in art, music, or theatre. Core courses promote critical thinking and prepare students intellectually and creatively 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 artistic work through a multitude of exhibit and performance opportunities. With WSU’s location in Central Massachusetts, students also have access to an abundance of arts resources in Worcester, Boston, and Providence, Rhode Island.Learn more about the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Requirements for a Major in Visual and Performing ArtsMinimum requirement for the major is completion of a 3-course (9 credit) Foundation curriculum, a 3-course (9 credit) Interdisciplinary Core, and 27 credits in 1 of 3 concentrations. Students will declare a concentration in art, music, or 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 3 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, while majoring in another discipline.