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Haverford College
Department of Fine Arts
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Learning Goals

Fine arts at Haverford focuses on the individual. Studio classes are small and students from beginners to majors receive individual instruction. Every student is encouraged to develop the physical and critical skills necessary to create art.

The Fine Arts Department through its studio courses stress strong interaction between instructors and students. The classes are small in size to encourage these interactions which are central to the learning and education that takes place in the studio. All students from beginners to majors receive individual instruction and feedback that allow them to obtain the motor skills, theoretical and critical skills necessary to create art to the student's fullest ability along with critical, original thinking. These educational goals are augmented by outside speakers, visiting artists, exhibitions and non-­‐studio courses in visual culture sponsored by the department or taught by its faculty. Majors are expected to create a coherent body of work that demonstrates proficiency in the use of their chosen concentration, develop content and articulate ideas with a personal and effective visual language , and present their work as a professionally installed gallery exhibition, e.g. in the Cantor—Fitzgerald Gallery, Atrium Gallery, and Alcove Gallery. In addition to presenting visual works majors are expected to articulate the content and context of the their work in a written statement, which is on display with their work. These educational goals are augmented by outside speakers, visiting artists, exhibitions and non-­‐studio courses in visual culture sponsored by the department or taught by its faculty.

Senior Thesis Project

In preparation for the senior thesis exhibition students attend 499 Senior Departmental Studies {see e)}. This two-­‐semester course provides students with a structured environment to develop a body of work, which is presented in the form of an exhibition at the Cantor Fitzgerald gallery. Students are expected to create a coherent body of work that demonstrates proficiency in the use of their chosen concentration, develop content and articulate ideas with a personal and effective visual language, and present their work as a professionally installed gallery exhibition. In addition to presenting visual works students are expected to articulate the content and context of the their work in a written statement, which is on display with their work.

The scope of the senior thesis exhibition accomplishes the process of selecting works to be included in the exhibition, determining the layout of the works, and installing the works in the Cantor—Fitzgerald Gallery. Students participate in the planning of the opening reception for their thesis exhibition, which is advertised to a broad audience. During the opening they present their work to a general audience and are available to answer questions from guests. After the gallery opening the fine arts department faculty schedules a full departmental review of the work presented by each student. During the review each student articulates a formal presentation of her/his work. During the review students are asked to respond to questions and comments put forth by the faculty.