I knew I wanted to make art, but I didn’t know why. After four years at The Academy, I know my purpose.
— Jacques, Visual Arts '16

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

We believe 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 of our students distinct.

Within the Visual Arts Department framework of studio practice, critique, and exhibition, students develop skills to articulate their ideas and process. They are encouraged to become self-directed in pursuing their own subject matter and concept areas in their artwork. Each student takes classes in Drawing and Design and selects from electives in Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Arts.

During the early years of the Visual Arts Program, students develop technical facility with various mediums and art forms. In advanced years, students develop a portfolio and create a body of work for a Senior Exhibition. Throughout the four years, students participate in traditional intensive figure drawing workshops and conversely are introduced and engage with contemporary art making practices. Photoshop and digital mediums are integrated into across the Visual Arts curriculum. Students regularly showcase their work through professional juried exhibitions, school exhibitions and outside opportunities.  

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, etc. Bard College, Central St. Martins London.


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