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School of Visual & Performing Arts

The synergy at Endicott creates inspiring conditions for promoting and developing careers in studio art, graphic design, art therapy, photography, dance, music, theater, and interior design—both for undergraduate and graduate students.

Endicott is a place where theory meets practice and classroom assignments require experiential learning. Career development in the arts and design at Endicott includes advanced studio practice, leadership skills, engagement with social and cultural issues, and partnering with individuals and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Deeply woven into the fabric of the arts at Endicott is the philosophy that experiential learning, studio skills, and history/theory are inseparable, and that these components, combined, help our students successfully compete in the rapidly changing arts industry.

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2021 Summer Course Opportunities

This summer there are a variety of courses available for recent high school graduates and college students to take through the Van Loan School. The classes available to help introduce you to different areas of the School of Visual & Performing Arts include:

Introduction to Computer Graphics (GD 105)

Obtain hands-on experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign learning valuable skills in digital art and design. Gain insight into professional practice and the suite of software that is the industry standard. Instructor: Danielle Currier.

Visual Art & Cultural Values: Prehistory through c. 1310 (ART 101)

Explore the world of art from prehistory (40,000 BCE) through the Medieval Period. This class introduces the conventional designations of stylistic periods, treats major works and artists in this span of time, and familiarizes you with the traditional methods of art history. This class satisfies the Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education requirement. Instructor: Katherine Taronas.

Drawing and Composition I (ART 105)

You will work on foundation-drawing strategies for visual representation, mark-making, and interpretive skills. You will use black and white charcoal, pencil, inks. This course satisfies the Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education requirement. Instructor: Brett Gamache.

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Facilities

Top-notch arts facilities on a picturesque oceanfront campus: Can you imagine a better place to inspire creativity?

The cultural heart of our campus and an important part of the surrounding community, the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts features inspiring spaces for arts studies as well as museum-quality galleries, state-of-the-art studio spaces, and performance venues for music, drama, and dance, all under one roof.

The Center, which opened in 2009, has an abundance of natural light and natural vistas, creating a pleasing atmosphere that is bustling with activity. The energy spreads throughout the building and brings life to all of the arts under one roof. The Center encompasses three art galleries; a performance hall; black box theater; recording studio; large rehearsal and practice rooms; designated studio spaces for drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and drafting; a 3D print lab; and a woodshop. All studio, history, and theory classes are held in the Center.

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Beyond the Classroom

Pick up an instrument, a script, a songbook, or your dancing shoes, and join in!

Arts opportunities abound on our campus. Our faculty-directed and student-directed clubs and organizations in the School of Visual and Performing Arts provide a creative outlet for all students - not just majors in our programs.

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Accreditations

Endicott College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The School of Visual and Performing Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Interior Design programs by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).