Department of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

As a studio art major at Brandeis, you’ll find that you are treated like a real artist.

Our faculty are eager to help you take risks and blaze your unique trail as an artist through the media of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and digital media. Because we value both theory and practice, your art will be both shaped by your own explorations and informed by your study of art history. We are excited by the ideas and inquiries that you will bring from your liberal arts classes into the studio.

As a studio art major, you will learn that becoming an artist is about making art. You will develop a rigorous and introspective studio practice, the skills to engage in critical discussions about your own work and that of other artists, the ability to visually articulate meaning through form and a deep knowledge about the history of art and its theoretical and aesthetic foundations. Your growth as an artist will take place in a close-knit community of fellow emerging artists and scholars of art history.

Why Brandeis?

Brandeis is home to a thriving arts scene. In addition to state-of-the-art studios, we boast the renowned Rose Art Museum, an extraordinary 8,000-piece collection of European and American modernism, American social realism of the 1920s and ’30s, surrealism, abstract expressionism, pop, minimalism and encyclopedic coverage post-1970. Our department often partners with the Mandel Center for the Humanities to offer lectures and artists talks. And every year Brandeis celebrates its artists through the Leonard Bernstein Festival of Creative Arts, a 10-day showcase of drama, comedy, dance, art exhibitions, poetry readings and music.

Just minutes away, Boston and the surrounding area is a locus for superlative galleries and art institutions, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Peabody Essex Museum, and Harvard University’s many museums.  

Academics and Research

Faculty Excellence

Outside the Classroom

Graduate Study and Career Opportunities

“Developing a comprehensive studio practice during my undergraduate at Brandeis encouraged me to think creatively in a wide range of subjects. And conversely, other subjects provided me with fresh ideas to experiment with in the studio.”

Yage Wang ’18

Student and Faculty Experiences

A Look Into the Studio Art Program at Brandeis

The Studio Art Program cultivates and nurtures students’ personal visions through the practice of the various creative disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and digital media.

“We treat the students like artists. We expect them to come in and work like artists.” — Tory Fair, associate professor of sculpture