The Penn State Abington Art Program offers the study of various disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and new media. The program is a fully accredited member of The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and maintains instructional studio facilities for each media concentration. The accessible, professional faculty combines traditional and cutting-edge approaches deriving from their roles as active members of the arts community. To learn more about The Penn State Abington Art Program, please click here.
There are many opportunities for the musically inclined at Penn State Abington. Whether you wish to learn about music of the past, create music in the present, or develop your skills to perform in the future, we can assist you. We offer private voice and piano instruction, present musical productions such as You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown in 2011, and host two choirs including a co-ed a cappella group, The AbingTones, and a Women’s Chorale. Courses in music appreciation, music history, jazz, rock, and world music are also available. To learn more about The Penn State Abington Music Program click here.
Penn State Abington currently offers courses in ballroom, jazz, and modern dance as well as kinesiology courses emphasizing movement. We also present the opportunity to prepare and perform in a Dance Company production.
Penn State Abington offers a wide array of theatre courses including The Fundamentals of Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Gender and Theatre, and Theatre in Diverse Cultures. Other special topics have covered subjects such as Theatre and Myth, Acting Shakespeare, Uses of Improvisation, and Technical Theatre. These exciting courses include field trips that offer opportunities to experience professional theatre in Philadelphia and converse with professional artists. A vibrant performing community, The Penn State Abington Theater Program also produces a dramatic production each year. Recent productions include Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Recent musical productions include You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and a musical made from Studs Terkel’s book called Working.
Mass Media and Society courses at Penn State Abington introduce students to a variety of mass media including digital media, social media, print media, film, television, and radio. Through the examination of media techniques and historical methods, students learn how these media impact society and support various industries such as public relations and advertising. For students interested in film, the course The Art of Film, serves as an introductory historical and critical survey of film with a special emphasis on the aesthetic aspects of film: the language of the cinema. Special topics courses in film are also offered each semester. Past offerings include Three Film Geniuses: Orson Welles, Terrence Malick, and Paul Thomas Anderson and The Life and Career of Martin Scorsese. Our Media Commons in the library provides the resources to use video cameras, work with iMovie, and create podcasts.