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The Art Education Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts is a hub for students interested in teaching through art, with art, and about art. Some students involved in the program are pursuing an art teaching license, while others focus on general education, arts integration, and art as a form of therapy. All students involved in the program are taking classes to learn theories and methods of using the arts as a tool for development.

Hampshire's Art and Social Action Program began as a collaborative effort between the School for Interdisciplinary Arts and the School of Social Science (now the School of Critical Social Inquiry). A network of faculty across the five schools is now available to Division II and Division III students. Art doesn't legislate change. It imagines change.

In Hampshire's Creative Writing Program students are encouraged to develop their curiosities, and to discover their own ways of telling stories, all the while paying close attention to others' voices. Our faculty also know the power of art to change lives. Today's dramatically changing world requires writers to be deft, informed thinkers whose vision is broad and clear.

Entrepreneurship means being part of a flexible entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether it’s for-profit or not-for-profit, public or private, and whether it’s theater, social entrepreneurship, visual arts, game development, agriculture or the sciences – to name just a few, success means action and impact to make a difference.

The IA branch of the cross-school Studio Art Program offers courses in sculpture, drawing, art and technology, sequential media, character development, and digital media. The IA studio art curriculum is based on the integration of production, scholarly research in art history and theory, and critique. A practice-centered approach to learning allows students to use form and image making as a means of finding and exploring their own artistic intentions.

The Hampshire Theatre Program stresses the use of flexible performance spaces and a commitment to process and experimentation that often results in innovative and original work, including multimedia and interdisciplinary productions.


The Studio Arts Building is located in the Longsworth Arts Village and provides a large sculpture studio, two large painting /drawing studios, individual studio space, and critique rooms for Hampshire's visual artists. The sculpture studio is equipped for work with wood, plaster, and clay, as well as sculptural computer-aided design work.

Adele Simmons Hall is the newest academic building on campus and is located in the Longsworth Arts Village. The building houses faculty offices, classrooms, and an auditorium equipped for large-scale video, film, and slide projection. There is also a computer classroom and facilities for computer animation and video editing.

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for Design offers a unique laboratory for the exploration of design and fabrication. This facility is open to all Hampshire College students, and contains a shop equipped for work with metal, plastics, simple electronics, soft goods, and a design lab for manual and computer design.

Emily Dickinson Hall contains the Performing Arts Center, which includes a "black box" theater capable of great flexibility in seating, lighting, and stage design; a smaller performing space used mainly for acting and directing classes and for smaller-scale productions; sound and lighting booths; and areas for set construction and costume making.

The Writing Center is located between Greenwich and Emily Dickinson Hall. The Writing Center is open to students of all levels. Its staff offers the following services: assistance with a specific paper or divisional exam, regular tutorials, workshops, and courses. Students may be helped with a variety of problems ranging from writing anxiety and procrastination, to problems with organization, logic, syntax, and grammar. For many students, the Writing Center is a useful resource for polishing up important essays or research papers before handing them in.

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