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The Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers the fine arts major with a concentration in art, providing students a comprehensive and practice-driven experience in the visual arts. Students receive a strong foundation in both concepts and media, initiating a process of artistic discovery and ultimately enabling them to realize their own creative vision. In combination with the Catholic liberal arts core at the Mount, the art major equips students for a range of careers including graphic design publication, gallery work, and arts education, as well as graduate study in the fine arts and related fields.

The course of study consists of a combination of art history and practice. Through traditional lecture courses and visits to museums and galleries, students learn about the arts of antiquity and the early modern era, as well as modern and contemporary art.  Foundation-level studio courses in the first two years acquaint the students with the basics of drawing, design and visual problem solving which will be the basis of their upper level work. A wide array of media-centered, practical courses provides each student the opportunity to experiment across art disciplines.  Advanced students are offered the chance to focus on a set of media most appropriate to their interests. Students have the opportunity each year to enter work in the Simon Brute Juried Exhibition, on display in the Williams Gallery during the spring semester. Students also attend lectures and exhibitions of professional established and emerging artists brought to campus by the department. In the senior year, each student creates a final project that represents the culmination of his or her undergraduate study, which is exhibited in the Williams Gallery.

Student Art: 2D Media


Student Art: 3D Media

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