Visual and Performing Arts

36 Credits
Bachelor of Arts

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) is a contemporary academic field that approaches the visual and performing arts as a cohesive body of study. Its purpose is to explore the interconnectedness of art history, music and theatre arts through a comparative examination of their themes, conventions and aesthetic developments. This major also promotes understanding of the role of the arts in history and society and appreciation for human artistic expression.

The Visual and Performing Arts Major offers a unique curriculum that allows students to study three fundamental artistic disciplines - Music, Theatre, and History of Art & Architecture - and the connections among them. Students will receive the most instruction in the discipline they choose as their area of concentration, while still spending significant time studying the other two.

With the major's broad-based and comprehensive approach to the arts, along with the development of creative and critical thinking skills, students will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities, including arts management, museum and library work, journalism, education, communications, theatre production, and a variety of graduate school programs, such as business, law, and several branches of the arts. In addition, the program has been designed so that students may pursue a second major (such as management or psychology) to further prepare them for an exciting career involving the arts.

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General Degree Requirements

Core Courses Title Credits
HA&A 0010 Introduction to World Art 3
HA&A 1015 Methods of Art History 3
MUSIC 0211 Introduction to Western Art Music 3
MUSIC 0800 History of American Popular Music 3
THEA 0104 Basic Acting 3
THEA 0805 or 0806 Introduction to Theater Arts 1 or 2 3

Electives 5 courses - 15 credits

Students concentrate in one of the areas (i.e., History of Arts and Architecture, Music or Theatre) taking three additional courses in that department and one additional course in each of the remaining two departments. Students must also select a secondary area for the capstone, as explained below.

Additional Requirement 1 course - 3 credits

After earning 90 credits, all Interdisciplinary Arts majors must take HA&A 1955, MUSIC 1955 or THEA 1955 to fulfill the capstone class requirement. The capstone project can be research or performance based. It must involve a second VAPA discipline, in addition to the student’s chosen area of concentration.

Performance Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in music and theatrical performances. Credit is available as part of these performances to be used in the Humanities area of General Education or General Electives.

Additional Courses
Courses Title Credit
MUSIC 0105 Musical 1- 3
MUSIC 0610 Pitt-Greensburg Collegiate Chorale 1.5
THEA 0103 Theater Practicum 1 - 3