Studio Art investigation is deeply integrated with Wellesley College's overall liberal arts educational mission. The ability to understand the way visual information and physical space have been constructed, presented, and construed throughout history is vital in today's world. The Studio Art Program is committed to providing students with a unique set of skills to question, navigate, and shape the increasingly mediated and complex visual and physical environments around us. A critical awareness of visual culture, a breadth of knowledge of art in its historical and global contexts, and direct experience with a range of contemporary studio practices, enable students to draw unexpected connections between images, ideas, and disciplines. The Department's close relationship to the Davis Museum is critical to our goals, as are field trips and interactions with visiting artists.
Within the Department of Art, students may choose to major in Studio Art or Art History, or construct a double major combining these complementary fields. Students may also apply Studio Art courses towards a major in one of our interdepartmental programs of study: Architecture, Media Arts and Sciences, or the production track of the Cinema and Media Studies major.
Those majoring or minoring in the Studio Art Program develop:
- Enhanced visual literacy and creative responsiveness
- A more critical awareness of visual culture
- A sophisticated understanding of art, its history, and the cultural conditions that shape an artist's decisions
- An understanding of the breadth and context of contemporary art in its global practices
- A well-considered, original body of studio work for exhibition and advanced study