Students studying in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts develop skills as imaginative practitioners, understand art as a meaningful human endeavor, and explore creative works in dialogue with the past and our current moment.
Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts at Clark
We believe the pursuit of creativity is a human right.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department comprises six separate majors. In our classes, you will learn about the history of creative practice, from the ancient Greek architects and the plays of William Shakespeare to the music of Duke Ellington, the films of Maya Deren, and the contemporary photo-collages of Mickalene Thomas.
You will cultivate the theoretical tools to analyze works of art from the past and the present, and develop your own skills as a creative practitioner in our studios — painting, costume, recording, and more.
By studying the history, theory, and practice of the arts in a liberal arts context, you will make and explore creative works while connecting the past to the present.
Venues and Resources
Clark Arts Venues
Throughout the academic year, our on-campus arts venues host a range of shows, exhibitions, plays, and concerts.
Arts in Worcester and Beyond
The arts in Worcester are thriving, from niche galleries to the Worcester Art Museum’s world-class collections, small concert halls to the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Course explores evolution of popular music and why we love (or hate) it
Upgrade is key component of major renovation of Little Center
Work examines depictions of femininity in Worcester Art Museum’ collections
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New Play Festival spotlights work of undergraduate writers, designers, actors
Six student playwrights will see their words brought to life next week when the seventh biennial Clark University New Play Festival (Playfest) begins Nov. 2. Clark’s largest theatre arts endeavor, and the only event of its kind at any U.S. college, Playfest features six original full-length plays written by undergraduate students. Each play has its own production team and director — in most cases, a Clark graduate — as well as a student design staff and cast.