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Visual & Performing Arts

Unlock Your Creative Potential


The arts are fundamental to the human experience.

The courses offered by the visual and performing arts department at Merrimack are designed to immerse our students in a rich, shared cultural tradition. Unlock your creative potential, develop your analytical and performance skills and prepare yourself for professional life or further study.

Upon completion of a major in the visual and performing arts, you will have the ability to:

  • critically analyze and evaluate works of visual and performance art
  • work cooperatively, effectively and creatively with your peers
  • learn from your own intellectual and creative experiences
  • communicate effectively in written and oral form

Discover Your Passion

What you learn in the visual and performing arts department can be applied to any career. You may come to Merrimack with a passion for a specific art for or discover yours while you’re here. Our program is designed to nurture your passions and provide you with the knowledge and skills in 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
Music
Studio Art
Theatre Arts
Visual Storytelling

More Info

Kathleen Sills, Chair
Visual and Performing Arts 
Associate Professor, Theater

978-837-3439
sillsk@merrimack.edu