Fine Arts Major and Minor

Students pursue a rigorous program designed to develop the technical and analytical skills necessary to create art in one of five disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, or sculpture. Our vibrant program is further enriched by Haverford’s liberal arts environment; our studios and classrooms are colored by the diverse academic experiences our students possess and by campus-wide programming that brings art into dialogue with an array of other subjects.

Curriculum & Courses

Majors and minors build a strong foundation in a range of disciplines then move on to focus on one area. With each semester, they deepen their understanding of their chosen medium and create an increasingly refined body of work.

  • Major

    Fine Arts majors are required to concentrate in one of the following: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, as detailed here:

    • Four 100-level foundation courses in each discipline.
    • Two different 200-level courses outside the area of concentration in the major.
    • Two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within the students chosen focal area within Fine Arts.
    • Three art history/theory/criticism or visual studies courses (as approved by major advisor).
    • Senior Departmental Studies (ARTS H499).
    • For majors intending to do graduate work, we strongly recommend that they take an additional 300-level studio course within their area of concentration and an additional art history course at Bryn Mawr.
  • Minor

    • Minors must take four 100-level foundation courses in different disciplines.
    • Two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within the student’s chosen focal area within fine arts.
    • One art history/theory/criticism or visual culture course.

Research & Outreach

The major culminates with all seniors preparing a senior thesis exhibition. Senior Departmental Studies, our two-semester course, takes majors through the process of developing, selecting, and preparing a body of work to exhibit. As part of the course, students also install their pieces, produce a written statement that articulates the content and context of their work, and present their work to a general audience as well as to departmental faculty.

After Graduation

Our majors graduate having developed the skills and understanding to create a distinctive body of work that expresses their artistic vision and ideas. They also emerge from our program able to think creatively and independently, to give life to an idea, and to solve problems. Many go on to graduate programs in fine arts, while some pursue graduate studies in fine arts management, and still others enter arts-related careers in, for example, galleries or teaching.

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