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. As an Arts major, you will explore the relationships among art, literature, culture, and history. This program blends scholarship and artistic process. It teaches you to think critically and to express your own creative vision.

Wheelock provides an ideal backdrop to your studies. Each year, the Wheelock Family Theatre presents three professional productions on campus, and the Towne Art Gallery mounts four professional art exhibitions. The Colleges of the Fenway offer a wide range of student performance opportunities. Boston's renowned cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall, are close by.

Program Options

As an Arts major, you will choose between two tracks:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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, Visual Arts, or Art History. 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
    • Painting
    • 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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