The arts are thriving at Carthage: In our classrooms, where students are guided toward excellence in studio art, music, theatre, dance, and graphic design. On our stages, where internationally-renowned playwrights and musicians collaborate with students for performances and world premieres. In our galleries, where established and emerging artists show their work throughout the year. Students, families, and the community are invited to explore our rich academic and artistic offerings.

Watercolor, 2018, Jess Thierfelder Carthage offers majors in studio art and art education; and minors in studio art, art history, photography, and film and new media. The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage displays work by established and emerging artists. The gallery also hosts exhibitions receptions that offer students the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.

?Away From the Mirror? Carthage offers a minor in dance through the Theatre Department. Dancers take courses in ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, ballroom, and Pilates, as well as composition, history of dance, improvisation, and repertory.

Sara McGann works on her video art in class in fall 2018. The film and new media minor offers students opportunities in studio- and production-based courses, film and new media theory, and associated history. The courses provide necessary techniques, skill sets, and critical theory to prepare students for an increasingly digital global landscape of media production and critique.

Graphic design posters Carthage offers a major and minor in graphic design. Hedberg Library includes modern production, editing, sound, and broadcasting facilities appropriate for traditional and emerging media.

Carthage Philharmonic At Carthage, you can choose from a variety of music majors including an emphasis in music performance, piano pedagogy, music education K-12, both vocal and instrumental. Carthage students are actively involved in music making and learning through participation in ensembles and workshops.

?Godspell? 2017 The musical theatre program at Carthage offers a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre degree as well as a Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy. The musical theatre curriculum at Carthage features comprehensive vocal training and musicianship, intense acting experiences, and a variety of dance technique and choreography classes.

Darkroom Photography, Fall 2019, Kristina Hull '23 The photography major and minor provide a combination of art history and studio practices concentrated in photography that will assist students in their artistic and professional development. Students may choose to pursue coursework that emphasizes the darkroom process, digital processes, or a combination of both.

?Marie Antoinette? Carthage offers majors in theatre, theatre performance, technical direction, theatrical costume design, and theatrical stage management; and minors in theatre and dance. Carthage theatre students can take courses in theatre history, directing, playwriting, dance, scene design, costume design, light design, and scenic painting, among others. Nationally recognized for excellence in theatre, the Carthage Theatre Department stages six to eight productions every year.


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Students share what they’ve gotten from their Carthage experience.

Visual and Performing arts scholarships

Carthage awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $13,000 per year to admitted students who excel in visual and performing arts. Scholarships are awarded through a competitive audition and/or portfolio review. Recipients are required to participate in department activities through service and creative work. If you have an interest in the visual and performing arts, take advantage of these scholarship opportunities by scheduling and completing an audition and/or a portfolio review by late February. (The exact date varies by program.) If you are a freshman entering in the upcoming fall semester, online applications for these scholarships are available on each department’s web page. Join our mailing list to receive more information about Carthage’s competitive scholarships.

Questions? Contact the Box Office at or 262-551-5859. Learn more and apply online for the following visual and performing arts scholarships: art, dance, film & new media, graphic design, music, musical theatre, photography, and theatre. Learn about financial aid available for the Master of Music program.

Visual and PErforming arts visit days

Carthage offers special visit days for students interested in studying visual and performing arts. Visit Days go beyond a campus tour. These special visits are tailored to students’ specific interests.

Learn about all visit opportunities