Studio Art

Studying Art at Simmons University means that Boston is your 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.

Student working on a self portrait in art class

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.

With a minor in studio art, you will learn to express your own ideas visually. Or choose a minor in arts administration and prepare for roles in museums, performing arts groups and other cultural organizations.

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.


An art minor requires five courses. Students may emphasize either studio art or art history.

ART 100 is accepted for the art minor.

Art History:

Students must take four art history courses and one of the following studio art courses:

ART111 Draw What You See 4
ART112 Color Studio 4
ART138 The Poetry of Photography 4
ART139 Color Photography CSI 4

Studio Art:

Students must take one art history course plus four studio art courses, one of which must be from the list below. Two courses must be at the 200 level or above.

ART111 Draw What You See 4
ART112 Color Studio 4
ART138 The Poetry of Photography 4
ART139 Color Photography CSI 4

ART 100 is accepted for the art minor.

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Passionate Leaders Project Students Spring 2023

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Bianca Valerio with City of Pasadena monument

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Abhilasha Natarajan, bachelor of social work (bsw) student

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