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  • Performance & Visual Studies

    The mission of the BA in Performance and Visual Studies is to cultivate a dynamic and interdisciplinary learning environment where students explore the depths of performance and visual culture and develop crucial skills in research, writing, and interpretation. To this end, the program fosters contemplation and analytical reflection about the role and meaning of artistic and creative practices in the world and trains students in humanities practices (Visual and Performing Arts Analysis, Historical and Archival Research, Criticism, Ethnography, Critical Theory, Performance as Research, and Public Humanities). Objects of study include theatre, music, dance, film and television, performance art, visual art, material culture, sports, politics, folklore, ritual, performance of self, social media, video games, and other expressive practices and art forms. The curriculum combines elements from Art History, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Ethnomusicology, Media Studies, and the Dramatic Arts, offering a comprehensive and diverse educational experience.

    The overarching goal of the program is to empower graduates to be thoughtful contributors and innovators in the broader cultural landscape. Graduates of this program are well equipped for diverse career paths, such as professions in curating, teaching, criticism, arts administration, and non-profit. Alternatively, graduates of the degree will be well positioned for further studies at the MA and PhD level.

    What do you want to do with Performance & Visual Studies?

    Career ideas for Performance & Visual Studies majors:

    Actor, Acting Coach/Trainer, Agent, Artist, Composer, Costume Designer/Seamstress, Director, Lighting Designer, Make-up Artist, Media/Video Specialist, Producer, Public Relations, Set Designer, Theater Company Manager, Teacher, Broadway Musician, Concert Musician, Sound Recording, Symphonic Orchestra Member, Conductor, Any performance-related vocation, Music Instrument Manufacturer, Music Critic or Journalist, Music Librarian, Music Therapist, Art Administrator

    College of Performance, Visualization, & Fine Arts

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