Fine Arts Department Now Offers Four Minors

The Manhattan College fine arts department recently added a theater minor to its program, in addition to its existing undergraduate major in art history and minors in art history, digital media art and music.

The Manhattan College fine arts department recently added a theater minor to its program, in addition to its existing undergraduate major in art history and minors in art history, digital media art and music.

The new 15-credit minor allows for a concentration in acting, directing, playwriting, stage craft, dance or musical theater, depending on the student’s interest. All students are required to take Acting Skills and Introduction to Theater.

Elective courses offered in conjunction with the music and English departments examine theater in a scholarly context, and are designed to take advantage of Manhattan College’s close proximity to New York City’s world-class theaters and performing arts venues.

“The theater minor equips students with the necessary skills not only to succeed in a career in theater and the performing arts but also with an opportunity to sharpen highly sought-after professional business skills, such as interpersonal and oral communication, creative problem solving, the willingness to work cooperatively and self-confidence,” said Mark Pottinger, Ph.D., assistant professor and fine arts department chair.

Bridging many different disciplines, fine arts is one of only a few departments that has students in all five of Manhattan College’s schools — arts, business, education, engineering and science — participate in its programs.

For more information on the fine arts department minors, contact Mark Pottinger at (718) 862-7372 or email mark.pottinger@manhattan.edu.