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When I'm on campus it reminds me of home because there are wooded areas all around. You can walk out of your residence hall and immediately enjoy a stroll on the walking paths through the forest. It's really nice to not have tall city buildings everywhere.

Caitlyn De Serres '18
Major: Psychology, Sociology

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Learning Outcomes

All Fine Arts Undergraduates Majors and Minors

Students will demonstrate ability to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in various processes/techniques, and skills/methods in creative media.
  • Identify and apply underlying aesthetic principles in the study, critique, and creation and/or performance of works of art.
  • Analyze the broader social/historical contexts of works of art.

The Design Major

Foundational and Formal Skills

Composition + Visual Literacy

  • Identify formal principles associated with visual language
  • Create works that utilize formal principles of design
  • Implement principles of design across multiple mediums
  • Investigate design principles through drawing and sketching


  • Identify formal principles associated with color theory
  • Create works that utilize expressive and intuitive color use
  • Implement color across multiple mediums and technologies


  • Study history and classifications of letterforms
  • Use design systems (grids) for typographic layout
  • Implement rules (style sheets) for typographic hierarchy
  • Create relationships using type and image, and type as image
  • Connect typographic form to meaning
  • Create works implementing typographic best practices

Oral + Visual Communication

  • Translate abstract concepts and ideas verbally and visually
  • Use of various media to communicate
  • Formulate clear and critical analysis of work
  • Comprehension and use of visual vocabulary in communication
  • Exhibit listening skills while others are speaking

Written Communication

  • Identify a topic and formulate a thesis/argument
  • Analysis, and organization of research content
  • Compare and contrast content and contexts
  • Use of proper grammar
  • Develop own writing style and critical evaluation for content
  • Document references according to an accepted manual style

Intellectual and Conceptual Skills

Critical Thinking

  • Develop process to create several concepts for a single problem
  • Creation of multiple iterations from a single idea / concept
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving within constraints
  • Translation of concepts and ideas toward a visual solution
  • Express authorship and voice in one's own work
  • Recognize design ethics: soc / politic / environ awareness

Content and Context

  • Develop sense of work within a historical context
  • Compare/contrast historical and contemporary issues in media
  • Generate abstract concepts from concrete contexts
  • Use of metaphor to communicate complex ideas and concepts
  • Study signs and their meaning (semiotics)

Information Literacy / Quantitative Reasoning

  • Research and analysis for complex systems of information
  • Selecting, editing, and organization of vast amounts of content
  • Evaluate data in numerical, tabular, and graphic form
  • Charting, mapping, and diagramming content
  • Identify appropriate graphical representation for content
  • Deliver content with clarity & meaning, audience consideration

Creative Strategy

  • Research, analyze, evaluate, an industry need
  • Identify target market and audience
  • Generate a creative brief / creative strategy based on research
  • Work within confines of deadlines and constraints
  • Develop own writing style and critical evaluation for content
  • Development of visual branding and messaging

Technology and Production Skills


  • Demonstrate aptitude using design-specific software
  • Choose appropriate software for a design-specific need
  • Implement best practices using tech. for industry standards

Web Development

  • Design for usability, web compliance, and web standards
  • Develop basic web pages using XHTML/CSS
  • Program basic interactive functions using Action Script 3 (AS3)

Print Production

  • Construct and collect files properly for print
  • Identify and evaluate various print processes
  • Spec'ing a print job (colors, paper, pages, etc.)
  • Managing timing and budget

Senior Design and Studio Arts Exhibition: 'Ebb + Flow'

The Curry College Department of Fine and Applied Arts is pleased to present "Ebb + Flow," the Senior Design and Studio Arts Exhibition for spring 2017. "Ebb + Flow" is the culmination of four years of student-artist work at Curry.

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