Visual & Performing Arts Department

The Visual & Performing Arts department offers a major in art history and minors in music, art history, theater and digital media art with courses in a wide variety of chronological and topical subjects.

The major in art history examines art created from the ancient to the contemporary worlds within broad historical and cultural contexts. Developing a visual vocabulary, multiple perspectives on key monuments, and an understanding of the cross-disciplinary nature of art history, students learn to analyze visual materials, organize ideas, and write and speak persuasively about representational issues. The Manhattan College program takes advantage of the world-class architecture, galleries, libraries, and museums in New York City.

The goals of the four minors in visual and performing arts are designed to supplement majors in numerous disciplines. In addition to examining broad historical and cultural contexts, courses provide opportunities for individual creativity and performance as well as an introduction to the theory and technology shaping the discipline today. A minor in art history, music, theater or digital media is an ideal choice for a variety of careers. In addition to preparing students for advanced training in art, music, theater or the graphic arts, the minor supports the careers of historians, sociologists, psychologists, teachers, philosophers, copyright lawyers, non-for-profit business managers, writers, critics, journalists, museum curators, librarians, graphic designers, music producers,  graphic illustrators, photographers, film producers, and advertising executives.

Majors and minors in visual and performing arts may take advantage of internship programs placing students with major record labels, local radio stations, New York City museums, private art galleries, theaters, music and graphic art magazines, production companies and graphic design firms.