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When students first meet their orientation leaders, they're usually very quiet. But it's the role of their orientation leader to get them comfortable with each other, make friends, participate in the different activities. If students have any questions they should feel like they can ask that question without being judged or that they shouldn't ask - there is no such thing as a dumb question when it comes to orientation.

Jordan Rogers '15
Major: Criminal Justice

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Formal Visual Skills

Two-Dimensional Form:

  • Compose formal design elements and principles in a purposeful way
  • Create compositional structure
  • Develop a visual vocabulary to transform a three-dimensional reality to a two-dimensional surface
  • Explore a variety of media
  • Describe an object or environment through formal design elements and principles
  • Differentiate between objective and non-objective imagery
  • Work with grids
  • Create using sequencing
  • Experiment with the visual impact of typography

Color Theory:

  • Examine the pigmentary properties of color
  • Examine the physiological properties of color
  • Differentiate between intuitive use of color through expressive application and technical application of formal principles of color
  • Experiment with light and physical properties of color

Three-Dimensional Form:

  • Explore elements and principles of three-dimensional design
  • Experiment with different methods of creating three-dimensional form in order to develop technical skills and knowledge of materials to create work in a variety of ways
  • Explore a variety of media


  • Integrate traditional art making techniques with digital components through experimenting with a variety of media
  • Develop a working understanding of digital drawing and digital painting techniques
  • Experiment with digital typography
  • Examine digital design process  


  • Develop technical skills and knowledge of materials to present work in a variety of ways
  • Master a variety of drawing materials, mixed-media, and media of choice
  • Create a cohesive body of work

Conceptual Skills

Critical Thinking:

  • Analyze and critique the artworks of others and their own creative process
  • Develop a visual vocabulary through the process of discussion and critique
  • Synthesize experience and techniques learned in the major
  • Develop an integrated perspective on the arts in conjunction with historic and contemporary issues
  • Conceptualize and create work from idea to physical form
  • Express abstract thoughts and ideas

Reflective Thinking and Analysis:

  • Self-assess work, and the progression of individual output and growth
  • Examine how creative work can evolve through process
  • Differentiate between materials in order to choose ones that best communicate ideas
  • Develop one's individual unique pace and pattern for the conceptual development, creation and perception of works
  • Develop a personal artistic vision and voice

Active Citizenship/Global Perspective:

  • Examine historical, social and environmental context of individual artists
  • Explore personal expression of an artwork and its contribution to society
  • Discuss social, historical, political or environmental issues related to the arts
  • Study aesthetics and accumulated knowledge in the context of contemporary issues in the arts
  • Assimilate the aesthetic experience as having social and historical relevance
  • Develop mutual respect for others via an articulate and informed critique process
  • Prepare students using best practices for the demands of working in the professional world
  • Appreciate the diversity of aesthetic expression and sustainability in the environment
  • Study value systems that have shaped the aesthetic of a diversity of cultures and their own evolving culture
  • Integrate processes for adapting and advancing within the constantly changing art world

Communicative Skills


  • Create using color symbolism to communicate
  • Invent symbolic content and metaphor to communicate visually
  • Compose typography as a visual, contextual element
  • Communicate ideas visually while examining how formal design elements strengthen the communicative properties of an image
  • Communicate personal vision and voice through a cohesive body of creative work
  • Collaborate in hands-on projects


  • Communicate through oral presentation using vocabulary of the arts
  • Critique works of art
  • Discusses inspiration, analyze process, and describe creative body of work
  • Collaborate in group discussions and projects


  • Communicate through writing using vocabulary of the arts
  • Develop visual literacy by reading and interpreting texts associated with the arts
  • Refine writing skills through analysis and interpretation of artworks (historic and contemporary)
  • Create an artist statement that discusses inspiration, analyzes process, and describes creative body of work

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.

Meet Nikki Graves '06 - The Rockport Group

"When we do the reviews for the shoes, I always think back to sitting in studio class at Curry, where we'd critique everyone's art pieces...One of my professors, Laurie Alpert, would always say that critiques are not something to be taken personally. In fact they help you progress and make something good, even better." - Nikki Graves '06, Global Quality Assurance Specialist, The Rockport Group.

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