The faculty of the Department of Art and Music at Framingham State University facilitate a collaborative, innovative and interdisciplinary learning environment which focuses on academic excellence in the areas of visual art, art history, art education, music history and music theory. As part of a liberal arts institution, the faculty encourages hybrid and tangential relations with other fields as a way of aiding the student in identifying the most effective way to articulate their individual vision. The program is designed to help students pursue creative endeavors while also imparting specific skills appropriate to the various disciplines of fine arts, design, art education, and scholarly and professional endeavors in art history, museum studies and music.
The Department of Art and Music offers the following majors:
Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
with concentrations in Art Education, Ceramics, Graphic Design,
Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture; as well as, the
Master of Education degree with a concentration in Art.
Application to Major
All candidates for the Studio Art major regardless of concentration are required to submit a portfolio, which will be reviewed by the faculty. Applicants for Admission into the major must attend one of the scheduled Portfolio Reviews on campus
Portfolios should contain 10-15 examples of the students’ work created from direct observation, preferably, and using a variety of media, techniques, subject matter, and scale. Reproductions and photographs are not to be submitted, only original art work which best showcases the students’ ability and ambition, with the exception of photographic documentation of three-dimensional work. The portfolio should emphasize the students drawing skills and should include at least one self-portrait and one still-life. Additionally, it may include sketchbooks and Graphic Design work samples along with more experimental pieces.
Please note that all completed applications to the Studio Art program will be acted upon as undeclared majors by the Admissions Committee at the end of March if they have not yet completed the Portfolio Review Requirement, current FSU students who want to declare either the Studio Art must participate in one of the scheduled Portfolio Reviews before you can enroll in certain Studio Art courses.