The Arts

Why The Arts?

• Explore your creative potential
• Develop skills to express who you are and what you think
• Connect your creative work to professional practice

Why Wheelock?

• Our faculty are practicing arts professionals
• Our campus is surrounded by Boston's rich cultural institutions
• Small classes allow for individualized attention and close student-faculty relationships

The arts define and communicate what it is to be human. They entertain, question, inspire, and inform. Through our Arts majors, you will explore the relationships among art, literature, culture, and history. These programs blend scholarship and artistic process. They teach you to think critically and to express your own creative vision.

In addition to supporting the interests of individual students, our Arts majors complement professional preparation in teaching, juvenile justice, social work, and child life. Students who have explored and developed their own creative processes are in an excellent position to nurture creative potential in the children and adults with whom they work.

Wheelock offers three Arts majors:

  • B.A. in Visual Arts includes drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, and digital imaging. Art history courses will build your core knowledge and critical thinking skills. Studio courses will strengthen your technique and sharpen your creativity. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at Wheelock's Towne Art Gallery.
  • B.A in Performing Arts includes the study and performance of theatre, music, and dance. You will learn and apply improvisation and acting techniques, and study musical forms from around the world. The resident Wheelock Family Theatre provides opportunities both onstage and backstage.
  • B.A. in Art History, offered in partnership with Emmanuel College. Courses at both colleges will build your core knowledge of art history concepts, vocabulary, and methods of analysis. You will also improve your critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills.

Wheelock provides an ideal backdrop to your studies. Each year, the Wheelock Family Theatre presents three professional productions on campus, and Wheelock's Towne Art Gallery mounts four professional art exhibitions. The Performing Arts program of the Colleges of the Fenway provides many opportunities for co-curricular activity in the perf0rming arts. Boston's renowned cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall, are close by.

Program Options

You may choose to combine your Arts major with a professional major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Social Work, or Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy. You may also minor in Community Arts, Music, Theatre, Studio Art, Art History, or Performing Arts (through Colleges of the Fenway). In addition, you may choose the Arts for your undergraduate major as part of Wheelock's dual degree program leading to a master's in Child Life.

Sample Courses

  • African American Music
  • Art for Children
  • History ofArchitecture
  • Jazz Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Introduction to Design
  • Story Theatre

Skills You'll Learn

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Techniques in a variety of art media, such as drawing, photography, and theatre crafts
  • Analysis and critique of works of art from around the world
  • Performance skills that foster self-expression and communication

Potential Careers

  • Art educator
  • Art therapist
  • Community arts program director or teacher
  • Museum educator
  • Director or stage manager
  • Theatre arts teacher

Potential Graduate Study

  • Art education
  • Music education
  • Studio art
  • Performance
  • Theatre design
  • Theatre education
  • Theatre production

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