Arts & Visual Culture Major
Arts and visual culture majors at Stonehill concentrate in one of two areas: Studio Arts or Visual Studies. The program offers minors in arts administration, studio arts or art history.
A Major Customizable to Your Career Goals
All arts and visual culture students begin their study with a core curriculum that prepares them for further exploration of the managerial, artistic or theoretical applications of the visual arts. From there, students diverge into specific concentrations.
Our Arts & Visual Culture program is unique in that it mirrors the contemporary professional world where students will be asked to work in a culture of professional diversity and disciplinary overlap. For this reason, our program takes an integrated approach to learning in the arts.
Students prepare for a life in which those who have the depth of experience and training to navigate between traditional roles are best equipped to thrive. All this while passionately pursuing their dreams.
Upon graduation, students will be able to:
- Place a work of art within its historical, philosophical and socioeconomic context
- Demonstrate knowledge of at least three art historical methodologies by employing critical theory
- Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to form, line, shape, rhythm, volume, place, pattern (repetition and variation), texture, space, value, color, content and style as it applies to 2D/3D and time-based media
- Develop appropriate vocabulary for describing visual and artistic phenomena
- Begin to form personal vision and identify taste or preference for various modes of visual expression as well as recognize certain thematic interests
All arts and visual culture students also participate in a Capstone experience that brings artists, administrators and scholars into the same room to conceptualize, produce and oversee an exhibit of their making.
Arts & Visual Culture Areas of Study
Our Studio Arts concentration offers students strong fundamental training in a nurturing environment where they will be exposed to a rich array of conceptual and formal approaches to artmaking.
It is offered both as a concentration under the Arts & Visual Culture major and as a minor.
The Visual Studies concentration encourages students to study visual products from the past and present, including paintings, sculpture, architecture, film and mass media.
The Art History minor at Stonehill blends in-depth study of artistic periods and individual artists’ styles with experiential learning that can put students in a local teen art program or in a museum halfway around the world.
Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.
Career Development Resources
The Stonehill Career Development team offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.
Visual & Performing Arts Specific Career Resources
- Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level positions
- Annual career fairs
- Various industry-specific career lunches – arts administration, nonprofits
- Externships and internships in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. (weeklong and semesterlong programs).
- Boston Interactive Web Designer
- Cengage Learning Associate Content Project Manager
- Gibbes Museum of Art Membership Coordinator
- New Hampshire Historical Society Education Programs Coordinator
- Smithsonian Institution Education Specialist
Visual & Performing Arts Internship Opportunities
Places where visual and performing arts students have recently interned include:
Compassionate Leadership Through the Arts
The Arts Outreach program pairs under-served children from the nearby city of Brockton with Stonehill mentors. Because most of the Stonehill students who participate have little experience in art, the projects they undertake – ranging from photography and videography to painting and sometimes dance – provide an opportunity for the mentors and mentees to learn and do something new together.