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Students in the Studio Arts degree program at Curry College display their work at the Senior Design ExhibitA degree in Studio Arts from Curry College helps students develop their own creative voice and gives them the conceptual skills needed to communicate that voice through works of art. Students work closely with their professors in a student focused setting to develop professional skills and connections through exhibition opportunities, internships and portfolio reviews with faculty and external critics.

Seniors participate in two annual exhibitions: an off-campus exhibit at the Menino Art Center, and the Senior Exhibit at Curry. With close proximity to Boston, students engage with great works of art in internationally recognized museums.

During your first-year and sophomore year, you'll receive a rigorous foundation in drawing and design. As you build on that foundation, you will take courses in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, digital art, and photography. During junior and senior year, you will specialize in the medium of your choice, and work closely with faculty mentors to develop your work.

As part of your senior coursework, you will create your own website and a digital and physical portfolio of work you can use to impress potential employers, submit with graduate school applications, and present at exhibitions.

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Digital Art
Figure Drawing
Printmaking
Studio: Painting & Drawing

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First-Year students applying as Graphic Design or Studio Arts majors are encouraged to submit a portfolio of 10 original works of art as an optional component to admission.  Transfer students applying to Graphic Design are encouraged to submit a portfolio of 15 original works of art.  Transfer portfolios will aid in placement into appropriate courses. Acceptable works include, but are not limited to, 2-D and 3-D design, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, and still or animated digital representations.

Portfolios can be submitted to curryportfolio.slideroom.com. If you don’t have a portfolio, it doesn’t exclude you from admission to the College or the programs. Please reach out to adm@curry.edu if you have additional questions about the portfolio requirement.

The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Art Administrator
  • Art Educator
  • Art Therapist
  • Community Artist
  • Curator
  • Illustrator
  • Visual Artist

Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Independent Study– Partner with a faculty member and create works of art in your area of expertise. Students develop a contract, work with faculty to conduct research, and create projects using all the skills they have learned throughout the program.

Internships – Position yourself to gain hands-on experience in a field that you love. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities with professional organizations to enhance their skills, learn how their major can earn them a rewarding career, and develop relationships with mentors in the field.

Portfolio Development – Present your website and portfolio components to faculty and outside evaluators, and receive a professional critique of your work. Through the capstone project, Curry students prepare a digital and physical portfolio to be presented to galleries and future employers.

Prospective first year students should enroll in  SA 1770: Two-Dimensional Design and  SA 1800: Drawing in their first semester. Upper class students declaring the major should complete these classes as soon as possible. Students with previous study in the arts are encouraged to contact a member of the Studio Arts faculty to discuss a plan of study that acknowledges abilities gained prior to entering the College.

Prerequisites:

GD 1500 Digital Essentials 3
SA 1770 Two-dimensional Design 3
SA 1780 Three-dimensional Design 3
SA 1790 Light and Color 3
SA 1800 Drawing 3
  15


Major Requirements:

SA 2800 Figure Drawing 3
SA 3800 Drawing II 3
6


Capstone Courses:

SA 4650 Portfolio Development 3
SA 3980 Fine and Applied Arts Seminar
(Capstone Course)
3
SA 4050 Independent Studio 3
9


Art History Electives - Choose two of the following (6 credits):

AH 2720 History of Photography 3
AH 2910 History of Visual Arts:
Paleolithic to Gothic
3
AH 2920 History of Visual Arts:
Renaissance to Contemporary
3
AH 2930 Contemporary Art 3
AH 2935 Modern Art 3


Major Electives - Choose three 2000 level and one 3000 level of the following (12 credits):

SA 2001 Art and Identity 3
SA 2072 Digital Art 3
SA 2200 Art in the Community 3
SA 2750 Printmaking I 3
SA 2780 Sculpture 3
SA 2797 Digital Photography 3
SA 2800 Figure Drawing 3
SA 2810 Painting I 3
SA 2813 Watercolor 3
SA 2819 Studio: Painting and Drawing 3
SA 2870 Artists' Books 3
SA 3XXX SA Studio Art courses
at the 3000-level
3
SA 2755 Relief Printmaking 3
SA 3750 Printmaking II 3
SA 3072 Digital Art II 3

Studio arts majors are encouraged to enroll in studio arts courses beyond the required categories of the studio arts major and apply them toward general elective liberal arts credit.

Requirements:

SA 1770 Two-Dimensional Design 3
SA 1790 Light and Color 3
SA 1800 Drawing I 3

Choose four of the following:

SA 2001 Art and Identity 3
SA 2072 Digital Art 3
SA 2200 Art in the Community 3
SA 2750 Printmaking I 3
SA 2780 Sculpture 3
SA 2797 Digital Photography 3
SA 2800 Figure Drawing 3
SA 2810 Painting I 3
SA 2819 Studio: Painting and Drawing 3
SA 2870 Artists' Books 3
SA 3XXX SA Studio Arts course
at the 3000-level
3

Studio arts minors are encouraged to enroll in studio arts courses beyond the required categories of the studio arts minor and apply them toward general elective liberal arts credit.

Studio Arts Learning Outcomes:

  1. Compose and design using formal design elements and principles in a purposeful way
  2. Communicate ideas visually while examining how formal design elements strengthen the communicative properties of an image
  3. Experiment and explore a variety of media, resulting in mastery of one or more media
  4. Integrate traditional art making techniques with digital components through experimenting with a variety of media
  5. Develop visual sensitivity through the process of research, conceptual development, creating works of art, discussion and critique
  6. Conceptualize and create work from idea to physical form while examining process
  7. Examine and articulate an integrated perspective on the arts in conjunction with social, historical, political and/or environmental and contemporary issues
  8. Appreciate the diversity of aesthetic expression in both the western and non-western worlds
  9. Document personal vision and voice through the creation of a cohesive and professional portfolio
  10. Use language of the discipline in a written format to research and discuss inspiration, analyze process, and describe works of art
A rendering of the new Curry College Graphic Design studio

Welcome to the ThinkTANK

To replicate the industry atmosphere, Curry College renovated space in the Kennedy Academic Building in to mirror a “ThinkTANK” design studio. In this space, students brainstorm, conceptualize, and develop dynamic systems that facilitate meaningful, consumer-based interactions. Students now have access to a digital photography studio, large format printers, and industry-standard Wacom tablets.

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Student Art and Design Exhibit - Fall 2020 Poster

Fall 2020 Student Art & Design Exhibit

The Student Art and Design Exhibit showcased the work of our students by celebrating their creativity, innovation, perseverance and introspection in the hardest of times. It is truly a celebration of success. This exhibit will be on display in the Shelley Hoon Keith Gallery thru Monday, February 8, 2021.

See the Virtual Exhibit
Students from the Fine and Applied Arts Seminar interact with artist Wangechi Mutu's installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Spring 2020 Student Art & Design Exhibit

The 2020 virtual exhibition featured work by Graphic Design and Studio Arts majors and minors, as well as Curry students who are exploring their creative vision and voice through Curry’s Gen Ed Arts Breadth offerings. (Pictured: Quietude 1 by Dalymar Ruiz-King)

View the Exhibit
Students from the Fine and Applied Arts Seminar interact with artist Wangechi Mutu's installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

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Students from the Fine and Applied Arts Seminar interact with artist Wangechi Mutu's installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

"Hour 15" - a recent exhibit on display at the Menino Arts Center in Hyde Park, featured the work of Curry students graduating with degrees in Design and Studio Arts.

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"Hour 15" - a recent exhibit on display at the Menino Arts Center in Hyde Park, featured the work of Curry students graduating with degrees in Design and Studio Arts. 

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