I’ll never forget the excitement of installation week and the long hours Marsha would spend in the studio—plaster dust footprints left behind. The Visual Arts Department represents a unique bond among its students and instructors.”
— Michele, Visual Arts Parent

Within the Visual Arts Department framework of studio practice, critique, and exhibition, students develop skills to articulate their ideas and process, and are encouraged to become self-directed in pursuing their own subject matter and concept areas in their artwork.

Each student takes courses in drawing and design, and selects from electives in printmaking, painting, sculpture, and interdisciplinary arts.

Through pairing traditional arts training with contemporary art-making practices, the Visual Arts Department’s curriculum equally values process and product. Faculty teach technical skills that build critical integrity to cultivate young artists who are independent and ambitious thinkers and makers.

During a student’s first year in the Visual Arts Department, they develop technical facility with various mediums and art forms. In advanced years, students develop a portfolio and create a body of work. Photoshop and digital mediums are integrated across the Visual Arts curriculum. Students regularly showcase their work through juried and school exhibitions, in addition to professional engagements.

The Academy believes it is not what an exceptional art portfolio looks like that makes it unique, it is what that exceptional portfolio thinks like that makes each student distinct.

As a result of our student-centered and portfolio driven program, our graduates garner scholarships to esteemed and competitive art and liberal arts schools including: Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Parsons New School of Design, Pratt Institute, Kansas City Art Institute, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Bard College, and St. Martins London.

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*Course titles reflect transcripts for the 2017-2018 freshman class.