Creative and Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Undergraduate: Major

College of Arts & Sciences

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Program Description

Studying the creative and performing arts can offer a broad canvas of career opportunities—from music and fine arts, to the growing field of arts administration and management. Interdisciplinary studies blend many different aspects of these creative worlds and cover a much wider area than a traditional arts program. If you love art or music, or want to combine artistic expression with a career in business, psychology or education, consider the interdisciplinary studies approach.

The Creative and Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies bachelor’s degree program focuses on skills in music, the visual arts and art history as a strong foundation for a career in the fine arts. You can develop your ability to understand, create, analyze and promote your own art or music, as well of that of other artists.

Choose from a full array of courses that include traditional classroom studies in the arts, music lessons, music ensembles and studio art. You’ll have access to computer labs, art studios, a music recording studio and other creative resources. You can also take part in experiential learning such as music performance, art exhibition and curatorial work.

The major includes training in the area of aesthetics, business in the arts, and the use of social media for the arts. Canisius also offers minors in art history, music and studio art to provide a less extensive program that can still develop a student’s artistic abilities. 

Alumni Outcomes

Graduates of the program are noted for the following achievements: 

  • Drummer for Beyonce
  • Photo essayist for USA Today
  • Pulitzer Prize winner for political cartooning

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Comprised of artists, musicians, and art historians, our faculty works closely with students to complete their educational and career goals. Students can participate in musical performances, show their artwork, and formally present academic papers throughout the academic year and during Ignatian Scholarship Day. Many of our undergraduates continue on to graduate school.

ArtsCanisius offers an exceptional menu of concerts, art shows and fine arts lectures, including an annual performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. All of these events take place at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius, and many are free of charge.

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Extended Learning and Student Outcomes

Students earn internships at galleries and with performance groups around the city and country, and notable alumni include Venzella Joy, drummer for Beyonce, and Adam Zyglis, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist. 

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