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About the Art Department

The visual studies program, the foundation of the visual arts curriculum, offers three areas of concentration: two- dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and media. Foundation courses teach the skills and dispositions involved in creating images. Students learn how to use the language of images to communicate meaning, and how and why art transcends time and cultural boundaries. With permission of the department chair, students with a strong background in art may bypass a foundation course to go directly into the elective program.

Students electing several terms of art can choose from introductory and advanced courses that include drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, painting, video, computer media, architecture, art history, and courses focused on particular topics, such as identity or visual culture. The year-long Advanced Studio Art course offers students an opportunity to work at an advanced level, develop and enhance a portfolio, or prepare an Advanced Placement (AP) portfolio. As a culmination of the course, students organize, curate, and install a gallery exhibition of their work.