Senior Capstone Projects 2024

2024 VPA Senior Capstone Projects

Seniors in Merrimack College’s Visual and Performing Arts programs share this year’s Capstone Projects. This is our fifth year sharing these projects on our website. See last year’s projects.

What Is a Senior Capstone Project?

Senior Capstone Projects take place in the senior year of study. They are designed to explore a passion with intensity, take the shape of a large experiential project, or complete a research topic written thesis. Projects are designed to challenge your comfort zone. They are publicly celebrated through performance, exhibition, publication, and oral presentation.

VPA Senior Capstone Projects 2024

Cailey Brickett
- Graphic Design
Saving Hallows Eve
A Halloween-themed children's book to educate children about the history of Halloween in a fun and engaging way.
Grace Dauley
- Graphic Design
Finn & Buddy’s Path to Forever
Finn & Buddy’s Path to Forever is a children’s book focused on two dogs living two very different lives and how they impact each other.
Emily Eaton
- Music and Psychology, Double Major
“Where We Belong” Experiencing Mackapella
“Where We Belong” is an original song, music written by Emily Eaton, words by Mackapella ‘23-’24, that conveys the bittersweet feeling of creating extraordinary bonds within a community and the inevitability of leaving that community behind as we enter a new chapter of our lives.
Declan Hurley
- Graphic Design Major, History Minor
Massachusetts State Flag Redesign
Combining my love of design and history, my project proposes four redesigns of the Massachusetts state flag.
Drew Leuci
- Music, Communication and Media, Double Major
One and the Same
An original Wind Symphony piece orchestrated for the Merrimack College Concert Band.
Emily Matheson
- Music, Communications and Media, Double Major
Resilience: Forged in Metal
Multi-media sculpture that acts as a visual representation of some of the lessons I’ve taken with me out of my college experience.
Wesley Matthews
- Graphic Design
A short film to highlight the power of storytelling, creativity, and the medium of film itself.
Kristina McCarthy
- Theatre Arts Major and Marketing Minor
Bringing Audiences Back into the Theatre in a World Shaped by the Pandemic
A research project that aims to discover how best we can entice people back into the theatre post-pandemic, concluding in a potential Marketing plan for Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College.
Josh McCarthy
- Graphic Design
Eastern Coast Raid & Plunder
An adult cartoon animation called “Eastern Coast Raid & Plunder,” with T-shirts, Storyboards, and a script.
Abigail O'Keefe
- Graphic Design
The Danu
Brand Identity and Marketing Materials for a Sustainable Hotel.
Jeffrey Palermo
- Graphic Design
Music imagery and branding for Independent Alternative / Emo rap artists.
Oliver Williams
- Art and Art History
Mindful Arts
I have created, directed, and started an art therapy program dedicated to helping kids, adolescents, and young adults in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Nancy Wynn
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Graphic Design
978-837-3433 | email

Dan Vlahos
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
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