Programs

The studio art major stresses the development of experimental, reflective, and focused artistic practices that are engaged with the contemporary world. Building on the conceptual and artistic foundations provided in entry-level courses, and drawing upon the resources offered by each discipline, students develop and refine personal approaches to making art.

Majors are encouraged to study abroad during their junior year to gain first-hand exposure to great art and architecture, to work alongside students from different art programs, and to experience living in a new culture. For more detailed information, see the art studio section of the course catalog. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the department's learning goals and the College’s learning goals.

Art Studio Major

The major requires 40 credits total in Studio Art.

  • After completing a Foundations prerequisite, majors complete six 200-level courses of their choice. While these may be taken in any of the disciplines offered, the department strongly encourages students to seek the advice of studio art faculty in constructing a course of study. With approval, some of these may be taken at other schools within the Five-College Consortium.
  • In their junior and senior years, all majors must also complete three 300-level critique-based courses led by senior faculty; these vary depending upon the student.
  • In addition, majors must complete 8 credits in Art History at any level.
  • Studio majors may minor in Art History. Studio majors may not minor in Architectural Studies.

Art Studio Minor

The minor requires at least 24 credits in Studio Art.

  • After completing a Foundations prerequisite, minors must complete five 200-level courses of their choice. A 300-level course may be substituted for one of these with the permission of the department. With approval, some of these courses may be taken at other schools within the Five-College Consortium.

The department strongly urges that students seek the advice of the studio faculty in considering specific course selection, number, and sequence of courses to be completed.

Teacher Licensure in Art Studio

Students interested in pursuing teaching licensure in the field of visual art can combine their course work in studio art with a minor in education.  In some instances, course work in the major coincides with that required for licensure; in other cases, it does not. For specific course requirements for licensure within the major of studio art, students should consult their advisor or the chair of the art department.  Further information can be found in the catalog sections on [minoring in education] and [teacher licensure], and by consulting the psychology and education departments.

Licensure also requires a formal application as well as passing scores on the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) in both the literacy component and the subject matter component. Copies of the test objectives for the MTEL are available in the art department and in the Department of Psychology and Education.

Additional information about the Licensure Program, including application materials, can be found on the Teacher Licensure Program website.