A Fine Arts degree helps you to develop your creative and intellectual abilities, but it also gives you an understanding of the deeper historical, cultural, and philosophical dimensions of the arts and the essential role of artistic expression in human identity and experience.
The Fine Arts Department at Saint Anselm offers students a broad variety of courses focused in Art History, Studio Art, and Music, but each student follows an individualized path of study within the major. Our courses are enriched by field trips, student research projects, service-learning, musical performances, and artist workshops which encourage hands-on experiential learning, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.
No matter your area of interest in the arts, a Fine Arts Degree within the liberal arts context at Saint Anselm provides you with the practical, technical, and conceptual skills that prepare you for any future career path you may choose.
Refer to the Online College Catalogue for more information, including degree requirements and course descriptions. Students interested in minoring in Fine Arts should contact Prof. Andrew Haringer.
Secondary Education Teaching in Art and Music
The Fine Arts and Education Departments at Saint Anselm College offer programs of study in Secondary Education, preparing teachers in Art and Music. Secondary teacher candidates major in Secondary Education and double major in Fine Arts, emphasizing study in Studio Art or Music. They complete Core Curriculum requirements, Secondary Education courses, and Studio Art or Music courses. For more information about art education, speak to professors Katherine Bentz or Sean Parr about music education.
Music Performance and Lessons
Music lessons and performance courses are a foundational part of the degree requirements for Fine Arts students emphasizing in Music at Saint Anselm. Students pursuing a Minor in Music are also encouraged to take music lessons, but lessons and performance courses are open to all Saint Anselm students, at all levels.
We offer lessons numerous instruments: clarinet, flute, guitar, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, violin, and voice. Students may participate in the Saint Anselm College Choir for academic credit, or take one of the Chamber music ensemble courses we offer.
For information about taking music lessons for credit, contact Professor Sean Parr.
Saint Anselm Fine Arts Majors may pursue an internship for academic credit or for professional development in preparation for a future job and career. The Career Development Center will help students find internships, or students work directly with faculty for internship placement. Recent student internships have included: The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester; The Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College; Saint Anselm College Communications and Marketing; The Palace Theater in Manchester, NH; a music production company in Portsmouth, NH; and local graphic design firms and businesses.