Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Cave Drawings
  • Girl Playing Cello
  • Girl Being Filmed
  • Theater Seats
  • Paints and Oils
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Clark’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts is composed of six individual programs, each with its own distinct curriculum and faculty:

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.

Featured Event

Geller Jazz Concert featuring Brazilian sounds of Trio Da Paz

Wednesday, April 17th
7:30 p.m.
Traina Center for the Arts' Razzo Hall

Clark University’s 2019 Geller Jazz Concert will feature Trio da Paz, three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians — Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on drums.

Joining Trio da Paz on stage will be two outstanding soloists: Grace Kelly, a regular with the band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and Joe Locke, one of the world’s most versatile masters of the vibes. The first set for the 7:30 p.m. show in Traina Center for the Arts’ Razzo Hall will feature the Melissa Aldana Quartet.

Tickets may be purchased online. The Geller Jazz Concert has sold out every year, so jazz lovers are encouraged to buy their tickets early.

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