Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts Walking Tour

Take a walk with Martin Shell, MFA, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Springfield College, as he shows the various working spaces throughout the second floor of Blake Hall.

"The arts can heal, uplift, make people more sensitive and aware, even transform their lives. Artists carry with them an obligation to use their talents to make the world a better place." Professor William Blizard, Professor and Department Chair Emeritus.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Springfield College offers students small classes and personal mentoring from professional artists, internships for all majors, beautiful studios, and state-of-the-art technology. Programs prepare students for new career opportunities in computer graphics/digital arts, dance, studio art, art therapy, and art education in an open and welcoming environment. Students gain real-world leadership skills, and a broad and balanced education in an outstanding learning and living environment.

In addition to preparing students for a career in the arts, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers coursework for the entire Springfield College student population, awakening and developing students’ problem solving skills, their imagination and adaptability, and their courage to risk through the practical challenges of creativity.

Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers minors in each arts discipline, as well as in music and theater, and the program affords students many opportunities for co-curricular experience through performances, exhibitions, and outreach to the greater Springfield community, learning to create art that serves a community, and understanding art as a tool for healing.

Department of Visual and Performing Arts faculty members are professional artists and arts educators who celebrate, expand, and enrich our students’ technical know-how and expressive skills, and we nurture their ability to collaborate, which prepares them for professional life.

Our students learn to perceive opportunities, create meaning as artists, and understand more deeply about themselves, about others, and about our rapidly changing world. And our students demonstrate their knowledge and growth through the quality of their art, their research, production and performance, and especially through building intentional, transforming, and enduring relationships with their community and in professions that integrate and synthesize the arts.

Teacher licensure is available within this major, resulting in the opportunity to become state certified. Visit the Office of Educator Preparation for details.

In the News

Simone Alter-Muri, EdD, professor of art therapy, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about her extensive research into the drawings of children from around the world. See the video here.
Dr. Simone Alter-Muri was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal