Hone your craft while simultaneously developing critical and creative thinking skills when you major in visual and performing arts. You'll obtain an interdisciplinary education plus a specialization in music, dance, or visual art.
Majoring in visual and performing arts opens up worlds of unique ways to communicate through image, sound, and movement. At Widener, you'll receive an interdisciplinary education as you specialize in music, dance, or visual art.
You'll develop critical thinking and analytic skills through classroom discussions, scholarly essays and research papers, and formal presentations. Each semester, you'll put your work on display with formal performances created through collaboration with distinguished professional artists.
Your professors will become your mentors as they connect you with internship and civic engagement opportunities that enhance your creative work. A flexible curriculum means you'll also have the chance to study abroad and engage with new cultures.
Join faculty-coached performance ensembles to further build your creative community. Upon graduation, you'll have a diverse portfolio of work plus engaged learning experiences that will enhance any career path you choose.
Students may choose to concentrate in music, dance, visual art, or arts administration.
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Widener's pre-professional pathways give you the flexibility to follow your interests while preparing for a professional career.
Visual and performing arts majors can participate in the following pathways:
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Though you'll specialize in one creative field, you'll be exposed to all fine arts contextual courses like music and art history. These courses will inform the historical and cultural context of your creations and help you discover unexpected connections between various arts.
Located in the heart of campus, the Art Gallery is free and open to the campus community and the public.
With Philadelphia just a short drive away, you'll have access to world-class museums and renowned music and dance performance groups. The city is an ever-evolving hub for artists so you'll feel like an insider with internship opportunities at institutions like the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology.
From day one, you'll gain mentors in the visual and performing arts faculty who seek to know you both personally and professionally as you receive individualized instruction. You'll be supported in your creative endeavors and make connections with internationally-recognized artists like painter Wendy Hatch, dancer Katherine Kiefer Stark, and jazz trumpeter John Vanore.
Beyond the classroom, you're encouraged to join music and dance performance groups on campus. Some groups like Chamber Ensemble and Widener Chorale are led by faculty; others are student-led, like the acapella group Keepin' It Trill and Widener Dance Company. You'll become a leader collaborating with your peers to put on spectacular performances each semester.
As a visual and performing arts major, you'll use your creative knowledge to explore and positively impact the world around you. Civic engagement opportunities like the Dance for Parkinson's program will engage you with your community and study abroad options to places like Greifswald, Germany will take you out of your comfort zone.
Our professors invest in your success through close mentoring and continual feedback. Get to know our visual and performing arts faculty.
The University Art Collection and Gallery provides space for student-driven and professional art to be displayed. Arts management students may curate an exhibit with the assistance of museum staff and visual and performing arts faculty.
A visual and performing arts degree will prepare you for careers within the arts and beyond. Graduates hold meaningful jobs in diverse fields, using their creativity and problem-solving skills in a wide range of occupations.
Visual and performing arts majors bring their humanities skills to a wide variety of industries. Our graduates have worked in advertising, consulting for multimedia outlets, law, and the medical field in physical and occupational therapy.
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