Fine and Performing Arts


As long as there have been human beings, there has been art. Ancient societies created art and enjoyed music and theater. Art brings beauty to our surroundings through creative expression of emotion. Music is a universal language that forms gates of communication across cultures.  Theatre opens our hearts to the experiences of people in situations outside of our routine life.  The Arts awaken our imaginations and encourage intellectual and emotional reflection. Most would argue that the arts are essential – that they are part of the very core of humanity.

Studying art at Alvernia also can benefit you academically and set you apart from other students as you learn to think critically and independently, to interpret great works, write with precision, encopunter multiple world populations, and express yourself effectively in an variety of ways. 

This ability to think, question, observe, learn and understand is a hallmark of the liberal arts education that Alvernia holds dear. You’ll expand your skills, your world view, and your understanding of the human condition, traits that translate well to any job or career and can set you apart from other graduates.


Art, Music, and Theatre are versatile minors which, in conjunction with your major, can prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers. The knowledge and skills you’ll develop can help you to find employment in fields including education, communications, marketing and psychology. With proper planning, a minor in the arts will complement your major and make you a viable and competitive candidate for jobs.

Alvernia graduates who minor in the arts find jobs as performers, counselors, researchers, teachers, business managers and journalists. Some work as graphic designers, for newspapers or magazines, for theaters or non-profit organizations. Some have started their own businesses, while others choose to work in the public sector.

For more information about Alvernia’s arts programscontact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or



Alvernia offers a minor in art that provides students with the foundation needed to perceive and uniquely express their knowledge about the world. The study of art prepares students for independent critical thinking and provides inspiration for personal creativity. Basic skills acquired relate to all areas of curriculum and professional endeavors, and a minor in art may be well suited to students majoring in communication, education, general studies, history, marketing, occupational therapy or psychology. Courses in digital art have been added to the program.  All Art minors must successfully complete 21 credits.

All art minors must complete:

ART 101 Drawing I
ART 103 Color and Design
ART 251 3-D Design
ART 215 Art: Prehistoric through Middle Ages – OR – ART 217 Renaissance to Present

Choose 3 courses from:

ART 106 Design and Crafts
ART 201 Drawing II
ART 208 Painting I
ART 209 Basic Photography
ART 212 Teaching Art
ART 215 Art: Prehistoric through Middle Ages – OR – ART 217 Renaissance to Present
ART 281 Graphic Design and Illustration
ART 307 Silkscreening
ART 308 Painting II
ART 340 Watercolor
ART 390 Sculpture


Music offerings seek to serve students by presenting the basics of music and the relationship of music to other areas of human endeavor. Skills courses seek to develop the student as a performer to foster self-expression and enjoyment of the art of music. Performance groups include chorus, band and ensembles.  A student pursuing another discipline may choose electives to form a music minor.  All Music minors must successfully complete 18 credits.

All music minors must complete:

MUS 135 Music Theory
MUS 235 Harmony
MUS 051 Private Instruction (repeatable)
MUS 010 Chorus (repeatable) – OR – MUS 020 Instrumental Ensemble (repeatable)

Choose 3 courses from:

MUS 121 Introduction to Music
MUS 123 American Popular Music
MUS 130 Sing Broadway
MUS 131 Music Fundamentals via Piano
MUS 132 Music Fundamentals via Guitar
MUS 220 Music and Health
MUS 221 American Music
MUS 222 Multicultural Music
MUS 224 Broadway Musicals
MUS 330 World Music
MUS 331 Women in the Arts
MUS 333 Music History

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2015-2016 Academic Course Catalogue at

Contact Information

Carol N. Schwanger
Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair
Francis Hall 301 B

Debora Brubaker
Francis Hall 301

fine and performing arts

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