ACADEMICS

  • Visual and Performing Arts Creativity

    As a Visual and Performing Arts major, your arts education takes place within the classroom and expands beyond its walls. You’ll take the knowledge and techniques you learn in class and apply them to a unique array of exhibits, concerts, and productions on campus and beyond. Check out what our students have done at VPA's YouTube channel.

    Art
    VPA’s art classes take place at WSU’s Sagamore Studios (transportation provided by a shuttle service), where we offer courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking plus topics like history of American art, modern art and museum studies. Plus, special topics courses convey a unique insight into a specific art form.

    Exhibit opportunities include:

    • Open Art Calls – Professors keep on top of open art calls and encourage students to enter.
    • Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery – The on-campus gallery exhibits the work of students, faculty, and renowned artists.
    • Open Studios – Students exhibit work during open studio events at Sagamore Studios.


    Music
    VPA offers opportunities to study music through applied instrumental and vocal lessons and through coursework in composition, theory and history. To learn and create music, students access state-of-the-art practice, recording, and performance space.

    For information about instrumental and voice lessons contact Professor of VPA Kyle Martin, Ph.D., at kmartin@worcester.edu and for choral programs contact Professor of VPA Christie Nigro, Ph.D., at cnigro@worcester.edu.

    Performance opportunities include:

    • Private music lessons (applied music) in all instruments and voice. Requires an audition. Students perform at fall and spring mosaics and other opportunities as they arise.
    • Choral programs offer a Chorus and an a capella Chorale group that perform at Mechanics Hall Holiday Pops and WSU Concerts.
    • Ensembles include a flute choir, guitar ensemble, orchestra, string ensemble and an African drumming group. Students perform at fall and spring mosaics and other opportunities as they arise.

    Theatre
    VPA offers a wide variety of theatre courses including acting, stage and costume design, stage craft, directing, stage combat, lighting and sound design, history and more. VPA’s Worcester State Theatre produces three fully realized productions each academic year and offers students opportunities in front of and behind the curtain. Selected students also attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 each year for a week of workshops, discussions, and performances.

    Performance opportunities include:

    • Productions – Students audition for productions. Students participate in costume, set design, light and sound tech, and more.
    • Almost Off Book – This student club offers opportunities to write, create, and act, and serve the WSU community.