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.
Nathaniel Vilandre ’16 of Shrewsbury, Mass., will be Merrimack College’s first theater major to direct a full-length play, when a cast and crew from the Visual and Performing Arts Department perform playwright Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” at the Rogers Center for the Arts March 10-12.
Merrimack College’s Michael Semonelli ’17, of Wilmington, Mass., is a theatre major who has made the regional finals in the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1 competition at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. and will compete Saturday Jan. 30 for a chance to go to the national competition. Semonelli started in a pool of 230 actors before making it to the semi-finals with 35 others and then the finals, said the Rev. Richard Piatt, OSA.
About a dozen Merrimack students from the theater department are scheduled to hold a rehearsal that’s open to the public and college community Sunday at 4 p.m., before heading to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1 competition at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. Jan. 26-31.