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Studio Art at BC

boston college fine arts department

Students painting

The Studio Art major provides students with an opportunity to participate in the shaping of their education. At the basis of this program of study is a dependence on the student's own perceptions, decisions, and reactions. Courses are available in many media and all involve direct experience in creative activity. Studio courses aim at developing the techniques and visual sensibility necessary for working with various materials. An understanding and exploration of the meanings and ideas generated by the things we make, and an awareness of the satisfaction inherent in the process of the making are integral parts of the program.

The Studio Art major is designed both for the student artist and the student interested in art. It teaches how to make art and an appreciation of how art is made. The department courses are conceived as an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum, and the studio major provides a solid basis for continuing work in graduate school and in art-related fields such as teaching, design, architecture, art therapy, conservation, publishing, or exhibition design.

The Studio Art Major has a track for Arts and Sciences students and a second track for Lynch School of Education students who are double majors.

The minor in Studio Art offers students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in ceramics, painting, drawing, or photography, and is designed to encourage an in-depth investigation of one of those media. The course structure aims at having the student develop the artistic techniques and conceptual visual sensibility necessary for working as an artist.

Boston College Course Information and Schedule (select "College of Arts and Sciences" from "School" menu, and "ARTS – Studio Art" from "Subject" menu)

Students interested in the Studio Art Program can contact:

Andrew Tavarelli
Major Advisor
Devlin 414

Michael Mulhern
Minor Advisor
Devlin 428

Health and Safety in the Arts

Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our students and faculty. Please refer to the following resources for safe practices in the arts:

Safety Practices  – brochure for safety guidelines in the Fine Arts Studios. This is distributed to all studio art students at the beginning of classes.

Creating Art Safely – a video presentation of safe practices in the arts.

Boston College Environmental Health & Safety Office


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