Studio art students engage in a wide range of experiences through a studio-oriented program of study that is the most flexible of all of the art and design programs and that is supported by exposure to the liberal arts and experiential learning opportunities. Studio art majors can choose from four concentrations: 2-D: illustration, painting, and printmaking; 3-D ceramics, sculpture,and installation; intermedia: digital media and mixed media; or art education teacher licensure. In addition to the B.F.A. requirements, students learn color theory, figure drawing, and photography, and they focus in one of the following areas: 2-D, 3-D, digital and time-based art, or interdisciplinary studies. Finally, students choose additional art elective courses of personal interest. These courses include but are not limited to digital painting, character development and illustration, advanced ceramics sculpture, advanced painting, bookmaking, and printmaking. Studio art students may also take graphic design, interior design, and photography courses as their art electives. All courses are delivered in a state-of-the-art facility with access to the latest technology and three galleries that provide venues for visiting professional artists and students to exhibit their work.
Through their coursework and internship experiences, studio art students become professionally engaged. They are introduced to museum and gallery practices, exhibition design, marketing techniques, the roles of curators and art directors, traditional and digital portfolio development, and employment and graduate school options.
Recent Studio Art Internship sites include:
Addison Gallery of American Art
Arlington Art Center
Art Space, Inc.
Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine
Harvard Ceramics Program
Laconia High School
Marblehead Arts Association
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Medicine Wheel Productions
Museum of fine Arts, Boston
The New Britain Museum of American Art
The Parrish Art Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Ridgefield High School - Visual Arts Department
Sotheby’s Art Auction
Upon completion of the studio art program, students will:
- Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage in intellectual discourse within the art fields.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with computer technology as it is used in the artistic processes.
- Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.
- Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
- Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
- Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the studio art discipline.
- Conceptualize, develop and complete works of art.
- Exhibit advanced skills in one or more studio art disciplines.
- Apply sophisticated use of color theory
- Apply the elements and principles of design.
- Engage verbally in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
- Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
- Discuss and present an awareness of the personal creative process.
- Deconstruct concepts applying and carrying them out into a sophisticated and unique visual solution.