May 19, 2020
Art Department’s Senior Thesis Exhibition Goes Virtual

Emmanuel College’s Senior Thesis Art Exhibition presents the projects of each of the graduating seniors from graphic design, studio art, art therapy and individualized majors in visual communication.

This final exhibition of their Emmanuel experience is a chance for friends and family to see the products of their many years of dedication. This year, the department has gone online in light of COVID-19. On this website, each student has a highlighted selection of work from their final thesis and links to websites where applicable.  

Graduates of the graphic design program investigate multiple methods of visual communication. The thesis projects range from brand development, product design and websites to narrative photography, documentary videos and video games. Each student has spent the past year focused on one project, choosing a message or concept they want to communicate to the world. These are the results of that dedication and growth over the year. 

Studio art majors and minors investigate the complexity of personal artistic expression through the lens of art history and studio practice. They have their hands in photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and digital media. Informed by their personal experiences, each student works in the medium of their choice, combining their years of education to focus on one theme for their thesis work. These projects highlight their investigation in the world around them. 

Art therapy majors complete a pre-professional program that investigates psychology, studio art, art history, and art therapy. Art therapy is most often used with psychotherapy to treat a variety of mental health issues and challenges with relationships and life transitions. These students explore how art can help heal through the process of art-making. Graduating seniors explore this process in their personal lives, in tandem with practicum experiences at clinics around Boston. 

Art history majors study the history of art, which is broadly defined to include a wide range of visual objects and spans across diverse cultures and time periods. Students take a multidisciplinary approach to their studies that includes historical, cultural, political and social analysis. Graduates of the program can go on to work in art museums or other cultural institutions such as commercial galleries. Others apply to graduate programs not only in art history but in art-related fields of study such as arts administration. 

Please enjoy their work this summer through the virtual experiences offered on the College’s website and additional features the students have worked on to showcase their hard work. 

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