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College of Arts and Sciences

Fine Arts in the Digital Age

Fine Arts Department

The Fine Arts Department offers a wide array of electronic resources for students to interact with art in a digital way. Specialized technology is available to fine arts majors and minors in art history, studio art, and film studies to develop their knowledge and understanding of visual culture, and gain hands-on experience using the latest technology available in their area of study.

Bapst Art Library
The Bapst Art Library offers access to every major art database, more than 51,000 volumes in art, architecture, and museum studies, approximately 200 serials, hundreds of journal databases and electronic journals, and many CD-ROMs. The Digital Collections provide access to rare and unique collections containing high-quality, full-sized images of digital art objects and monuments that support the curriculum. 

ArtStor
The University was an initial participant in ARTstor, a digital library of nearly one million images which provides a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.   

Devlin Hall Digital Lab
The Digital Imaging Lab in Devlin Hall was established in 2004 to address the increased digital imaging needs of Boston College arts students. Equipped with four Mac computers, four color printers, including a large-format, 24-inch printing bed, and two scanners, it is the perfect forum for fine arts students whose work requires digital output. The Digital Imaging Lab is open to fine arts students seven days a week and a monitor is available for tutorials several times during the week. This lab enables students to work on scanner projects, complete digital collages, or fine-tune JPEGs in Photoshop. The Digital Imaging Lab offers the opportunity for students and faculty to communicate on a digital level. It allows for a broadening of creative horizons and has resulted in the creation of engaging and stimulating works that have graced the walls of the fine arts department. 

Visual Resources Collection 
The Visual Resources Collection is developed and maintained by the department to support the teaching activities of the fine arts faculty. Holdings include a collection of over 100,000 film slides of art objects and monuments. The newest acquisitions are in digital form, and a growing number of these are available for students to view, study and use in course-related activities.

Art and Digital Technology 
Art and Digital Technology is a course that was created to teach students the integration of text and image through software programs including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. The curriculum explores the principles of composition and two-dimensional design and is of special interest to studio art majors who want to explore the study of photo manipulation. 

O’Neill Library Media Center 
The media center holds a collection of more than 15,000 feature films and documentaries, with almost 5,000 on DVD. The center also provides access to Mac and PC computers, as well as scanners and some basic image and video editing software.  

Film Studies Program
The Film Studies Program is completely digital, having moved away from using 8 mm film, and is aligned with current film industry practices in terms of editing and filming.