Clark’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts is composed of six individual programs, each with its own distinct curriculum and faculty:
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- Media, Culture and the Arts » NEW MAJOR!
- Music »
- Screen Studies »
- Studio Art »
- Theatre Arts »
Why study the arts at Clark?
Studying and creating art in Clark's liberal arts environment will provide you with many rich opportunities for the exchange of ideas, and the option to combine and inform your art studies with related disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
The five programs encourage and support working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment, both through their courses and use of the department's multi-purpose facilities in the Traina Center for the Arts.
Most courses in the department are open to both majors and non-majors, as are opportunities to audition for Clark theatre, dance and music performance groups.
Whether your goal is to become an art scholar, a practicing artist, or to use one of the majors as a meaningful focus of intellectual inquiry for your liberal arts education, courses in Visual and Performing Arts provide a solid foundation in critical thinking and creative skills for life.
Technology and the arts
Courses using computer technology, particularly those in graphic design, video editing and computer music, demonstrate the department’s commitment to new directions in the arts.
Expand your opportunities
With faculty approval, you can cross-register for related courses like interior design, interactive media, music or art therapy at Worcester’s consortium colleges or at Clark’s College of Professional and Continuing Education.
Performance, film and exhibits at Clark
All students are invited to attend the many on-campus art exhibitions, film presentations, and musical, theatrical and dance performances featured throughout the academic year. Click on the link for more information about on-campus events.
Cultural New England
Clark’s location in New England’s second largest city, as well as its proximity to other important cultural centers (Boston, Cambridge, Hartford, and Providence are only an hour away) provides you with many options for experiencing and participating in the arts. New York City, approximately four hours from Clark, can be reached via public transportation from Worcester’s Union Station.