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Visual & Performing Arts

Unlock Your Creative Potential

The arts are fundamental to human experience. From prehistoric cave painting to digital drawings; from medieval chants to modern pop music; from ancient Greek tragedies to the Broadway stage, all cultures have used the arts to declare their presence, define their aesthetic, understand their place in the world and find answers to the deepest questions.

The courses offered by the visual and performing arts department at Merrimack are designed to immerse students in a rich, shared cultural tradition, unlock their creative potential, develop their analytical and performance skills and prepare them for professional life or further study. Upon completion of a major in the visual and performing arts, students will have the ability to:

  • Critically analyze and evaluate scholarly materials and/or works of visual and performance art.
  • Work cooperatively, effectively and creatively with their peers.
  • Learn from their own intellectual and creative experiences.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Discover Your Passion

We believe that these can be invaluable assets in any career. Many students come to Merrimack with a passion for a specific art form. Some discover theirs while they’re here. Our integrated approach to the visual and performing arts is designed to nurture those passions, provide the knowledge and skills students will need to follow them wherever they may lead and help students realize the fundamental benefits of an arts-centered life.

Majors at a Glance

Art and Art History
Graphic Design 
Theatre Arts 

Minors at a Glance

Art History
Graphic Design
Interdisciplinary Film Studies
Studio Art
Theatre Arts
Visual Storytelling

Contact Info

Laura Moore Pruett, Chair
Visual and Performing Arts 
Associate Professor, Music