Studying art changes the way you see the world.

You'll learn to navigate our visual world in a dynamic and meaningful way. And you'll gain the skills needed to research, experiment and solve problems creatively, no matter what your career.

Through art history, you'll develop an understanding of diverse cultures—past and present. In studio art, you will learn to express your own ideas visually. Or choose arts administration and prepare for roles in museums, performing arts groups and other cultural organizations.

Boston is our classroom. We are surrounded by world class museums and musical organizations. You will have classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, the unique Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and meet the professionals who work there.

The Department of Art & Music adds vibrancy to both the Simmons and Boston communities. See what's going on in the Trustman Art Gallery, and check our Student Portfolio site to see some recent work.

Our students go on to successful careers in museums, education, marketing, development and public relations. They become artists, doctors, professors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and designers.

Program Requirements

The major in art includes courses in art history and studio art practice. Students choose one area of emphasis, depending upon interest and career plans. Either emphasis can serve as a foundation for further study at the graduate level in art history or practice.  The study of art leads to careers in a wide variety of fields, such as teaching, publishing, arts administration, museum or gallery work, commercial art and design, architecture, city planning, painting, photography, or printmaking, etc. In all of these areas, the major in art would profitably be combined with a major in another area, such as English, history, philosophy, management, communications, or mathematics. Each student is encouraged to augment the required courses with in-depth study in the liberal arts and additional courses in the major; each student works with an advisor to develop a coherent course program that will meet their educational goals.

Requirements: Students are required to take 28 semester hours in art, exclusive of the independent learning requirements. Students will choose an emphasis in art history or art studio.

Art History Track
There is no strict sequence in which art history courses must be taken, although the introductory courses ART 141 and 142 are normally taken first. The required courses are:

  • Five courses in art history. ART 100 is not accepted for the major.
  • Two courses in art practice. The independent learning requirement may be taken in art or another field.
Studio Art Track
  • Students must take five courses in studio art and two courses in art history.
  • Students must take at least one of the following studio art courses: ART 111, ART 112, ART 138, and/or ART 139.
  • Students must take one 200 or 300 level course.
  • The remaining three studio courses are electives.
  • One of the two art history courses must be ART 154 OR ART 244; the other course is an elective. ART 100 is not accepted for the major.
  • The independent learning requirement may be taken in art or another field.
Minor Requirements

An art minor may emphasize either studio art or art history:

  • Art History: Students must take four art history courses and one of the following studio art courses: ART 111, ART 112, ART 138, or ART 139.
  • Studio Art: Students must take four studio art courses, one of which must be ART 111, ART 112, ART 138, and/or ART 139 plus one art history course.
  • ART 100 is accepted for the art minor.
For transfer students, minimum of eight semester hours must be taken within the department to complete a minor in art.
Customize Your Program

We encourage students to augment their art and music courses with study in other disciplines and additional courses in the major. Dual-degrees, interdisciplinary programs and a wide range of minors are also available. Each student works with an advisor to develop a coherent course program that will meet their educational goals. 

The study of art leads to careers in a wide variety of fields, such as teaching, publishing, gallery and auction houses, museums, graphic design, marketing, painting and photography,  In all of these areas, the major in art could profitably be combined with a major in another area, such as chemistry, biology,  history, philosophy, management, communications or mathematics.

We also offer a minor in art for students pursuing other majors. 

Internships and Research

We prepare our students to be successful leaders in the exciting fields of art and music. You'll take advantage of internships at arts and cultural organizations in Boston and beyond, building your skills and résumé and learning from mentors in your field.  

Our students fulfill their independent learning and internship requirements in a variety of ways, including recent placements in:

  • Museum of Fine Arts: Education Department
  • Museum of Fine Arts: Islamic Art Department
  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
  • The Boston Ballet

Recent positions of our alumnae include:

  • Professor of art history
  • Development professional at WGBH public television
  • Program developer at Boston Museum of Science
  • Artist-in-Residence at MIT's Broad Institute
  • Graduate students at Massachusetts College of Art, University of Texas, and University of Nebraska
Faculty
    Margaret Hanni
    • Margaret Hanni
    • Associate Professor and Department Chair, Art and Music
    • Phone: 617-521-2267
    • Office: C418
    Colleen Kiely
    • Colleen Kiely
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2298
    • Office: C425
    Edie Bresler
    • Edith Bresler
    • Professor of Practice - ARTM
    • Phone: 617-521-2988
    • Office: C423
    Bridget Lynch
    • Bridget Lynch
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Art, Director of the Trustman Art Gallery
    • Phone: 617-521-2204
    • Office: C424
    Heather Hole
    • Heather Hole
    • Assistant Professor of Art History and Director, Arts Administration Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2259
    • Office: C425
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    Jaclyn Kain
    Kimberlee Cloutier Blazzard
    Randi Hopkins
    Wendy Seller
    • Wendy Seller
    • Adjunct Faculty Art & Music
    • Phone: 617-521-2269
    • Office: C423
How to Apply

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