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Visual Arts Program

Visual Arts Program:

The Visual Arts major at Pine Manor College enables a student to emphasize either studio arts or art history in a self-designed type of major. A student takes a small number of required courses in these subjects, including a senior internship seminar and a senior thesis project, and selects one of two tracks in the major. A student and her/his advisor work very closely to select the electives in the major based on her/his interests and career goals. In addition, a student is also encouraged to take a broad range of courses outside the major which will complement her/his interests and career goals. A student may also register at nearby Boston College for additional courses.

Creative thinking is at the core of the Visual Arts curriculum. Students develop creative and critical thinking skills in visual expression and writing, as well as a broad range of studio and design skills that will serve them well in the workplace.

Courses are offered in Studio Arts, Computer Graphics, Photography, Graphic Design, and Art History. Students may also pursue a major in Communication and concentrate in Visual Communication (see Communication).

Learning Outcomes of the Visual Arts Program

  • Student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical/cultural context for the arts, and become acquainted with philosophical and theoretical perspectives related to the field through writing.
  • Student will be able to use the vocabulary of design and composition, as well as demonstrate critical awareness of the relationship between form and content.
  • Student will be able to use two or three art mediums, demonstrating a foundation of proficiency in at least one.
  • Student will be able to develop a personal process in the creative and critical elements of visual expression by using curiosity, flexibility, commitment, passion, receptivity, risk-taking, honesty, and determination.
  • Student will demonstrate her/his learning through an internship experience in a professional visual arts environment, and in addition, will demonstrate new knowledge gained from her/his experience.
  • Student will be able to work independently through the Senior Thesis experience. This includes setting an artistic objective in a chosen medium through a written proposal, and then combining the work of creative exploration with self-critical analysis, through completion to exhibiting her/his artwork in the Hess Gallery or other campus venue.



For current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses, please see the Academic Catalog.