The program in Studio Art offers diverse approaches in painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and new media through the fundamental process of direct experience. Our established faculty fosters students’ abilities to make informed judgments and push themselves beyond expectations. Complemented by Brandeis’ intellectual experience within the liberal arts context, students are well poised to continue to pursue studio art as a career or enter other professional fields.
An integral part of studying studio art at Brandeis is the learning that is done outside the classroom. Students have the chance to draw artistic inspiration and scholarly knowledge from the renowned Rose Art Museum, located on Brandeis’ campus just steps from the studio art building. In addition, student benefit from a distinguished visiting artist program and trips to local museums as well as institutions beyond Boston in New York and Washington D.C.
The program in History of Art at Brandeis critically promotes a retrospective analysis of the art of the past, while critically engaging the art of the present. The program offers a variety of courses in ancient to contemporary Western and Asian art. Some courses provide a survey of major developments, while others examine in greater detail major themes, and movements in art, or even exceptional monuments and individuals (such as impressionism and post impressionism, the arts of the Ming Dynasty, the age of cathedrals, history of photography, Saint Peter’s and the Vatican, Rubens and Rembrandt, and Frida Kahlo).
The Rose Art Museum, located directly on Brandeis’ campus, offers a unique learning experience for art history majors. Students are able to interact intimately with the collection and special exhibitions just minutes from their classroom. Students can also take advantage of the close proximity of other important cultural institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. This comprehensive program exemplifies the ideals of a liberal arts education and thereby enhances any individual course of study. It prepares students to enter graduate programs in art history, museum studies, and arts administration, or to begin careers in the arts or the art market.