The ARTS at Merrimack
Participation in the arts, through formal study and practical experiential learning, unlocks the creative potential of our students while encouraging intellectual curiosity, professional growth, and the development of an entrepreneurial spirit.
Courses offered by the Visual and Performing Arts Department - including art and art history, digital media, video, music, photography, and theatre - introduce students to the artistic traditions that are their heritage, enable them to participate in the continuation of such traditions, and promote the creative process.
Merrimack’s integrated-arts approaches prepare students to enter an arts-based career path, or pursue advanced degrees in any field.
The Visual and Performing Arts Majors
The Visual and Performing Arts Department offers a variety of courses in art and art history, digital media, film and video, music, and theatre. Students have opportunities to study art history, theory, and methodology, as well as traditional studio and digital design work in the arts.
The Visual and Performing Arts Minors
There are six minor programs available, respectively emphasizing art history, studio art, digital design, animation, music and theatre; and one interdisciplinary minor. The programs in art history and studio art each have core requirements: Foundations of Visual Art (FA 111A), and two basic art courses. A minor in fine arts is no less than six courses, and a studio art minor is no less than seven courses.
When the question “What did you do on your summer vacation?” comes up, one rising Merrimack senior has a killer answer:
I was in a gangster movie.
With perfect weather to complete a perfect day, 520 excited Merrimack College graduates and their guests laughed and learned from actor Charlie Day ’98, who stars in the FXX series, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
Actor, producer and screenwriter Charlie Day, a 1998 graduate of Merrimack College, will deliver the keynote address at Merrimack’s 64th undergraduate commencement ceremony.