The Fine Arts major is designed to provide a strong foundation in the study of the visual arts or music within a liberal arts education. The course requirements for the Fine Arts major provide a focused path of study in one of three emphasis areas: Art History, Studio Art, or Music. The emphasis requirements also provide students with the opportunity to partake in the interdisciplinary nature of the Fine Arts program. The Fine Arts curriculum provides courses that develop analytical and technical skills, emphasize critical inquiry and aesthetic appreciation, and foster an understanding of the historical, cultural, and philosophical dimensions of the arts. In addition to the course requirements, all Fine Arts majors are required to complete the Senior Seminar, a Senior Thesis Project, and a Senior Comprehensive Examination. The Senior Thesis Project culminates in a public presentation representing the student's achievement in a specific area of the Fine Arts.
The Fine Arts degree program prepares students for a wide array of career opportunities in arts management and administration; museum, gallery, and curatorial work; digital and graphic design; visual communications and media marketing; and graduate studies in art history, arts education, art therapy, studio art, music performance, and musicology. Several Fine Arts courses offer a service-learning option that allows students to apply their skills and talents in outreach to community organizations, and aid in the development of professional portfolios. Student internships are available through the on-campus gallery and performing arts center as well as off-campus sites such as local museums, galleries, advertising and graphic design companies, music schools and performing organizations. Fine Arts majors are also encouraged to study abroad. Students may participate in the annual Juried Student Art Show, attend the Fine Arts Lecture and Performance Series, take part in workshops, and join student clubs such as the Art Society, Lucubrations, Abbey Players, and the Anselmian Music Society. Music emphasis students have opportunities for performance in curricular music lessons and in the Saint Anselm College Choir, the Chamber Singers, the jazz band, or chamber music ensemble. In addition, Fine Arts classes make field trips to art exhibitions, concert performances, and art centers in the region.
A Fine Arts minor in Art History, Studio Art, Music, or Theatre is also available to students who wish to combine Fine Arts skills and knowledge with other majors such as Biology, Business, Classics, Communication, Computer Science, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Politics, Sociology, or Theology.
Fine Arts majors from one Emphasis can minor in another Fine Arts Emphasis (e.g., a Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Art History can minor in Studio Art).
A double-major within Fine Arts or combined with another major outside of Fine Arts is also an option.
Major Requirements: 10 courses/40 credit hours (See possible major emphases below.) One of these courses may be an internship. No more than one internship course may be taken to fulfill the Major Requirements.
Refer to the Online College Catalogue for more information, including course descriptions.