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Visual and Media Arts Practice

The mission of the visual and media arts practice program is to educate both non-majors and majors about the importance and vitality that creative artistic practice has in contemporary life and has had historically. The visual and media arts practice major nurtures students’ creative and critical growth through interdisciplinary approaches to traditional and contemporary media. Foundation courses and art history surveys provide the basis for conceptual and creative engagement with a variety of media and prepare students for developing individually conceived projects at the intermediate and advanced level. Our capstone sequence, which consists of the Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar, Advanced Studio Seminar, and Senior Thesis Exhibition, challenges students to independently conceive, propose and develop a body of work for the Thesis Exhibition while gaining exposure to historical and contemporary art and art theory. In these courses students are also challenged to develop skills and practices that will serve them once they graduate: documentation of work, writing of artists’ statements, grants and professional resumes, networking with other artists and art professionals.