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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
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Art and Art History

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Chairperson: Professor Rob Lorenson

Graduate Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Leigh Craven

Professors: J. Collin Asmus, Mary Dondero, Mercedes Nunez, Magaly Ponce, Robert Saunders III, Beatrice St. Laurent

Associate Professors: Ivana George, John Hooker, Jonathan Shirland

Assistant Professors: Alain Blunt, Sean McPherson, Andrés David Montenegro Rosero

Department Telephone Number: 508.531.1359
Location: Art Building, Room 100

Degree Programs

  • BA in Art
    Concentrations: Art Education, Art History, Crafts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Photography
  • BA in Art History, Global Perspectives
  • MAT - Creative Arts

Undergraduate Minors

  • Art History
  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Art

Click on Academic Programs  for program information and requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

The Department of Art offers seven concentrations:

Art Education
Art History
Fine Arts
Graphic Design

The undergraduate program offers a broad-based training in the visual arts. In addition to course work, internships give firsthand experience in such areas as graphic design, museology, exhibition planning and community art programs. Students planning to pursue graduate study at some point in their careers should work closely with their advisors to select appropriate course work beyond the requirements of the major, thus earning themselves a competitive edge in the application process at the graduate level.

Students interested in teaching art must select a minor in secondary education. However, state-mandated requirements for teacher training are subject to change, so it is necessary to consult with Professor John Hooker regarding up-to-date requirements. Prospective teachers of art are encouraged to join the student chapter of the National Art Education Association.

Art majors not interested in an education minor are encouraged to select a minor complementing their interests within the major. Students who are not art majors, wishing to minor in art, art history or graphic design, will find a diversity of course offerings suitable to their interests and skills. To ensure an appropriate selection of art courses in the major or minor, it is important that each student work closely with his or her art advisor or the department chairperson in program selection.

A student majoring in art must achieve a minimum grade of “C-” in all of the required courses within the art program, repeating courses if necessary to achieve the required grade.

Students should be aware that typically there are additional hours outside of class to complete course requirements and expenses for materials and tools in studio courses beyond the required fees. Field trips to museums, studios and commercial galleries in the region, in New York City and at other sites are regularly a part of many art history and studio art courses and include additional costs.

A gallery calendar of changing exhibitions is maintained throughout the academic year in the Wallace L. Anderson Gallery within the art building. One of these exhibitions is the student show, and art majors and minors are encouraged to set aside their best work to submit to this annual showing. In an adjacent gallery is a continuing exhibition of works from the permanent art collection. These gallery facilities offer a range of work that enhances classroom instruction. In addition, visiting artists and related art programs are made possible each year by a generous gift from the Class of 1936.

Educator Licensure

Students interested in seeking Massachusetts teacher licensure should refer to the following department links for specific teacher licensure and program requirements: Elementary and Early Childhood Education  or Special Education  for students double majoring in elementary education, early childhood education or special education; or Secondary Education and Professional Programs  for students minoring in secondary education (high school, middle school or PreK-12 specialist).

Honors Program

The honors program in art provides highly motivated art majors with opportunities to enhance their academic program through intensive scholarly study and research designed to be of assistance in postgraduate employment or in the pursuit of an advanced degree in art. Contact the Department of Art for further information concerning eligibility and application.

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