Visual and Performing Arts Degree

Students enrolled in Walsh University's Visual and Performing Arts program pursue a comprehensive bachelor's degree, with the ability to select one of three focus areas: Studio Art, Art History or Music/Drama. This program provides an opportunity for students interested in careers in the arts to gain a solid foundation in these disciplines, as well as to see and explore connections among them. 

Why Walsh?

Interdisciplinary program. Walsh's program allows students to build a foundation in all areas of the visual and performing arts while also selecting a concentrated area of focus. 

Real-world experience. Students will gain experience through internships and experiential learning opportunities such as participation in campus art exhibitions, theater performances, musical concerts and more.

Global Learning. Students are highly encouraged to participate in a Global Learning experience during their degree program at Walsh.

Plein Air

"There was a time when I thought I couldn’t pursue a career in the arts because I thought it wasn’t marketable and there weren’t jobs. But my Walsh professors helped me to uncover the path I’m on to have a successful career doing what I love. I wish everyone could have that experience. Walsh has truly helped me to pursue my dreams.”

- Karen Klatt '21



Experiential Learning & Internship Opportunities

The Birk Center for the Arts on Walsh's campus provides the setting for students to gain experience in all aspects of the arts. The center houses Walsh's fine art studio, musical performance hall and an atrium gallery that frequently features student exhibits.

Students have numerous opportunities for involvement in Walsh's art club, Genesius Players drama troupe, band and choir. In addition, every VPA major completes an internship prior to graduation. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates who earn a bachelor's degree in the Visual and Performing Arts from Walsh University are qualified to work in a wide variety of positions within the art community. Examples include: Art Gallery Director or Manager; Art Museum Educator, Curator, Director; Community Art Center Director, Manager, Educator; Art Historian; Music Teacher in a School or Church or non-profit; Theater Director, Manager, Educator; and more.


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