The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Course Information Fall 2020

PVA Majors RAP Seminar 

Read what Marie Comuzzo, Fall 2020 instructor said about this one-credit seminar: 

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.” – Georgia O'Keeffe  


In this seminar, we will discuss how to thrive in the ever changing working and social landscape of the visual and performing arts. We will cover topics such as: 

  • Community building and networking 
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Race and internationality  
  • Vulnerability and creativity  
  • Future career paths, community outreach, self-marketing  
  • Professionalism, gig economy and entrepreneurship  
  • Technologies and multimedia approaches in the arts 
  • Visual and performing arts for the environment 

As artists we need to learn how to collaborate and co-create solutions to the problems encompassing our lives as individuals and as social beings. We will talk about how UMass provides important tools to fulfil our professional and personal goals in preparing us for emotional and professional challenges along the path. 

During Summer NSO, academic advisors will work with students to choose all the other courses based on the individual's major. 

Location Fall 2020

Students will live together in Van Meter Hall in the Central residential area.

Performing & Visual Arts Majors RAP