Students take a total of six courses during the year — three courses each semester. All students are required to enroll in Senior Studio, offered both fall and spring as well as the Studio Seminar, offered in the fall. For more specific information about courses, view the courses section.
Brandeis faculty are deeply invested in the post-baccalaureate program. They are practicing artists who are familiar with the field and also committed to educating the next generation of artists. An important aspect of this program is the many opportunities for students to interact with the faculty.
Post-baccalaureate students meet with the core faculty to present and discuss their work at various stages in its development. There is a midterm critique scheduled mid-semester and the final critique is scheduled after classes have finished. These critiques are considered integral to the communal and creative exchange of the program. They allow students to practice discussing their work in conversation with others and learn relevant discourse in relation to their work and its historical context in a contemporary landscape.
Part of the curriculum includes studio visits with both Brandeis faculty and visiting artists that come to campus throughout the year. These individualized studio visits allow students to get comfortable receiving critique in their studio. Furthermore, with six to eight visiting artists a year, students have a wide range of input on their work and receive many valuable perspectives.
In the spring, students exhibit their work in the Drietzer Gallery, located on campus in the Spingold Theater Center. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in the university-wide Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, which provides exhibition, lecture, and other creative opportunities.
Faculty offer information and assistance on all aspects of the application process to MFA programs. Professors offer suggestions about where to apply and often support with letters of recommendation. They also are available to give advice about arranging portfolios and writing application essays and artist statements. Students occasionally visit local graduate program studios and attend info sessions together. Alums of our program, who are currently enrolled in MFA programs, are often available to give tours and share information about their experience. Among our visiting artists each year are current faculty teaching at well-known graduate programs.
Once a semester, post-baccalaureate students travel to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, or other areas rich in contemporary art. Accompanied by a resident faculty member, students visit museums and galleries as well as artists’ studio visits. These trips allow students to understand the context of their work and how it relates to the contemporary art landscape.
The Rose Art Museum is located right on campus and an invaluable resource to post-baccalaureate students. The collection numbers more than 8,000 objects and is particularly strong in American art of the 1960s and 1970s, including works by Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. Recent acquisitions have included works by Bruce Conner, Mark Bradford, Charline von Heyl, Jack Whitten, Chris Burden, and Al Loving. Students can take advantage of Rose Art Museum’s scheduled programming, including lectures by exhibiting artists and curators.