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

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