The making of art is a complex practice informed both by a mindfulness of art history and one’s own experience as a vehicle for self-expression.

As a studio art major at Emmanuel, you will transform from “student of art” to “artist” and develop the creative, technical and conceptual aspects for both traditional and new media. Emmanuel’s broad array of studio courses including drawing, 2D and 3D design, ceramics, printmaking, photography, painting and digital media presents opportunities to develop the technical skills necessary for students to develop a personal vision and proficiency in their chosen medium.

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Course Requirements

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in Studio Art

  • ART1204 History of Western Art (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART1401 Drawing I (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART1407 Visual Language for Design and Communication (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2215 Modern Art (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2402 Drawing II (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2403 Design and Composition (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2433 3D Form Studies (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART3403 Drawing III: Advanced Projects
  • ART4417 Senior Studio
  • Two electives selected in consultation with department advisor
  • Non-credit written thesis and senior exhibition

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a Minor in Studio Art

  • ART2215 Modern Art (AI-A)(VCI) or another art history course in consultation with art advisor
  • ART1401 Drawing I A(AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2402 Drawing II (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2403 Design and Composition 

And two of the following: 

  • ART2411 Introduction to Printmaking 
  • ART3101 Painting 
  • ART3403 Drawing III: Advanced Projects 

The studio art program is designed to:

  • Introduce and develop the conceptual and technical aspects of the studio arts in both traditional and new media
  • Guide students in choosing their appropriate medium and developing the technical and conceptual proficiency in that medium
  • Develop the ability to evaluate artwork through art history courses, class critiques, writing, and viewing original works in museums, galleries and artists' studios
  • Prepare students to pursue their own creative direction in the future
Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Along with areas of knowledge and major requirements, you will cultivate essential values in the classroom and complete two courses in each area:

  • Social Justice (SJ): Develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to participate beneficially in activities of personal and public concern.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism (DM): Understand the complexity of identity the historical truths of different cultural perspectives to address bias and examine contemporary social issues. 

One hundred percent of Emmanuel students complete an internship as part of the core curriculum. In a city as dynamic as Boston, your options are bound only by the limits of your curiosity.

Students from the Art Department intern at nearby cultural organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, in graphic, product and user experience design at top companies such as Converse, 47 Brands, PUMA and area design agencies, and in art therapy departments at area medical institutions.

In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses.

In addition to their senior thesis, which explores topics ranging from user experience in app development, issues in two- and three-dimensional design or standard practice in the field of art therapy, art majors must also take part in the senior exhibition, in which their work is presented to a panel of art faculty.