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Fine arts major at Mount St. Mary's University

Visual and Performing Arts

Art, Music, Theatre

From creating powerful visual works of art to producing memorable theatrical performances to helping others experience the challenges of making music, those working in arts make a difference in the lives of others each day.

College of Liberal Arts

The visual and performing arts program is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

The Mount’s visual and performing arts department allows you to choose from concentrations in art, music and theatre. In each program, you’ll not only learn concepts and techniques central to your study of interest, you’ll also gain transferable skills as you build your critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities. Finally, the senior project/capstone course will provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained by preparing an independent art or performance project, to be presented during the Mount’s annual SPARC Festival.

About the concentration.

The art concentration provides the framework to study drawing, painting and sculpting, including two- and three-dimensional design, principles of design and how to work with different materials. Through electives, you can learn concepts and techniques in graphic design and digital photography, as well as ceramics, environmental art, mixed media and varying types of printmaking.

A concentration in art from the Mount can provide the training and experience necessary to pursue a career as a graphic designer or illustrator for a publisher, an art director for a creative agency, or build a business as a professional photographer or videographer.

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About the concentration.

A concentration in music from the Mount provides the education and experience necessary for students who seek a career or further study in music. Through its rigorous curriculum, you’ll take courses in music history and theory, study voice or your instrument one-on-one with seasoned professional performers, and challenge your musical skills in one of several choral and instrumental ensembles.

The degree will prepare you for a wide range of possible career paths from music education to performance to management.

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About the concentration.

The theatre concentration provides the framework to study theatre production and technology, performance, and the art of live theatre, encompassing the wide range of theatrical expression in history, society and human culture. You’ll participate in various hands-on projects with faculty- and student-directed productions, as well as study acting, theatre history, and theatre theory, as well as various design and technology courses.

A concentration in theatre from the Mount can provide the education and experience necessary to pursue a career as an actor, stage manager, producer or many other options.

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Caitlin Flay, C'16

Selecting and learning repertoire for my lecture recital was an arduous process, but Dr. Wickelgren supported and guided me every step of the way. I doubt I would have had the courage to pursue a music career without his commitment to my success.

Caitlin Flay, C'16 Pursuing doctorate in critical and comparative studies in music, University of Virginia

Where arts majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree from the Visual and Performing Arts Department have pursued graduate degrees or post-graduation opportunities at: 

  • Villanova University
  • University of Virginia
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
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About the minor.

Art

The Mount’s art minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a business major and work toward a career managing a creative agency, a psychology degree to pursue a career as an art therapist, or a biology major to help people better understand medical concepts through visual communication.

Music

The Mount’s music minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a communication major and work toward a career as a talent agent and publicist, a business degree to pursue a career in sales and marketing for a concert venue, or a political science major if you plan to attend law school and work toward a career as an entertainment lawyer.

Theatre

The Mount’s theatre minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a communication major and become a public-speaking coach, a business degree to pursue a career as fundraiser for a community arts center, or attend graduate school and pursue a career in arts administration.

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