The Studio Arts Program at Hampshire College provides a formal visual education in painting and drawing. Through our links to other arts disciplines on campus and in the Five Colleges, students gain knowledge of various material forms (sculpture, film and photography, printmaking, and ceramics). While each degree is designed to reflect the principal areas of study, each arts concentrator must complete four courses in art history. Studio study is often combined with academic work in fields such as philosophy, education, and psychology.
Graduating or Division III students receive private on-campus studio space, and through regular critiques with faculty and visiting artists, they develop a body of work to be exhibited in the main gallery on campus. The fourth year of study is designed to build critical skills and studio discipline; students often go on to complete graduate studies.
The emphasis in the studio arts program is on the formal, material, conceptual, and historical development of painting practice. Real seriousness of purpose is ultimately paired with highly personal content during the course of each student's education.