Department of Art & Art History

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Venice Biennale Program - Summer 2015

steel plant view

The programs of the Department of Art and Art History give students the opportunity to develop as artists, designers, digital media creators, and scholars in facilities that support both traditional media, such as painting and sculpture, and the latest developments in new media. Housed in the Steel Plant, our programs have two state-of-the-art digital labs, traditional media studios, and a professional gallery that features regional and international artists as well as the work of our students.

The Department’s degrees offer both a strong foundation and the opportunity to explore several specializations. Our BS in Digital Media, one of the first offered in the nation, is designed for students to study, in depth, a new field that is transforming the visual arts under the guidance of recognized artists, designers, and digital media professionals. Courses in design (both print and web), animation (2D and 3D), digital photography, and multimedia authoring prepare students for an ever-evolving field. 

In Studio Art, students can choose either the BA in Fine Arts: Studio or the more intensive BS in Studio Art.  Both combine a broad based training in the visual arts with a traditional liberal arts education. Students can investigate a wide range of courses in drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, photography, digital media, and printmaking. 

 The BA in Fine Arts: Art History explores the rich history of the visual arts, beginning with drawings in prehistoric caves to the pyramids of Egypt to today’s global contemporary art.

International Study

International study is one of the hallmarks of our programs. There are many opportunities to study abroad through our wide range of semester-long programs and short-term abroad courses. Our students are encouraged to extend their studies across the globe, in exciting locations like Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Australia, and Japan. 

Art, Art History, and Digital Media students can also choose to spend a semester, a year, or more at our Branch Campus in Florence, Italy. Housed in the historic center of Florence, the campus has twelve buildings with an impressive range of facilities. Working alongside international artists, designers, and scholars, our students have the opportunities to not only immerse themselves in Renaissance culture but also explore both traditional and digital media, as well as specialized courses in jewelry making, ceramics, and art history. 

We also offer two four-year degrees exclusively at our Branch campus. The BS in Conservation Studies provides the extraordinary opportunity to study and apprentice with masters of restoration, while working on centuries old original art. Students in the BPS in Interior Design work with international professionals to explore design, concept development and presentation. A graduate program, the MA in Museum Studies is also offered entirely at our Florence branch campus. All courses at the Branch Campus are taught in English.

Internships and Alumni Success

Closer to home is our excellent internship program. Students gain valuable work experience in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond. One of our newer programs, Marist in Manhattan, places students in semester-long internships while they live in New York City.

Because of our location in the Hudson Valley, less than two hours away from New York City and the Berkshires, the Department is able to take advantage of the many talented professionals living nearby and eager to share their experiences with students in public lectures or the class room. Field trips to some of the most important venues for global art are only a short bus or train ride away. 

With a combination of a strong foundation and advanced study, along with extraordinary opportunities, the graduates of the Department of Art and Art History have an excellent record of success in both graduate school and in their careers.

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