Visual and Performing Arts Majors and Degree Programs

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Visual and Performing Arts majors provide general instruction in both the visual and performing arts. Students in these majors will prepare for careers in any one of a variety of arts.

The discipline of performing arts generally consists of a combination of drama, music and dance practices. Majoring in performing arts – as opposed to majoring in a single one of the performing arts disciplines – involves pursuing an education track that integrates these overlapping performing art disciplines.

The discipline of visual arts may consist of a combination of visuals arts including graphic design, interior design, fashion design, illustration, etc., or it may involve pursuing just one of the visual arts disciplines. For example, a student intending to launch a career in graphic design may focus exclusively on graphic design courses where a student pursuing a career in illustration may take graphic design courses as well as variety of other visual arts programs.

Select a concentration below to explore various visual and performing arts majors and view colleges and universities offering majors and degree programs in digital arts, dance, theater, industrial design, interior design, graphic design, illustration, acting, film, painting and more.


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