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Project-based learning is central to Plymouth State University’s arts programs. Through artistic exploration, student develop essential problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and advocacy skills that are highly prized by employers.

Our learning model breaks the mold when it comes to active participation. Whether students dream of a career in the arts or just can’t live without them, they have many opportunities to combine their talents with students from other disciplines, and with faculty, staff, working artists, and community partners. Students share their vision as members of our creative community.

Arts facilities include the historic Draper and Maynard factory building, which has 12-foot-high ceilings and outsized windows that bathe interiors in warm, natural light. “D&M” houses classrooms and studios that showcase student exhibitions and its new makerspace provides an extraordinary opportunity for students to work in cutting-edge technology using state-of-the-industry equipment. 

The on-campus Museum of the White Mountains presents exhibitions throughout the year including PSU student artwork. The teaching museum annually employs and trains students, providing career skills and experiences in research, exhibition development and design, marketing, and educational programming.

Plymouth State music majors thrive with substantial individualized attention from master teachers, and musicians further develop their growing proficiencies through many opportunities to perform and collaborate. Students can focus on music education, music technology, or contract options, which permit tailored courses of study. The new BA program in digital music production and entrepreneurship embraces emergent media.

The Silver Center for the Arts, the region’s major performing arts center, boasts first-rate theatre, recital hall, and practice facilities. Student and professional performances include opera, ballet, symphonic and chamber music, and dramatic productions.

Panther Spotlights

  • Katherine “K” Rhynus Cesark
    K employs a variety of media in her own work, allowing the subject matter to influence the modality of expression. “I narrate situations and conditions through compositions that address emotions and predicaments. Some are calm and easy, and some are not as gentle,” she says. This rather unique approach was introduced to her at Plymouth State, where faculty mentors fostered a sense of connection within the program.
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